en·​ter·​tain·​ing ˌen-tər-ˈtā-niŋ How to pronounce entertaining (audio)
: providing entertainment : diverting
an entertaining book
an entertaining speaker
entertainingly adverb

Example Sentences

a list of entertaining things to do on a snow day
Recent Examples on the Web Watching two men act like 10 year olds is ridiculously entertaining, especially when Brennan and Dale finally come together and support each other even after trying to bury one another alive after a fight. Terry Terrones, EW.com, 17 Jan. 2023 The year starts off with a bang, as this instantly-iconic murderous android doll—think Chucky meets Small Soldiers—lived up to its full campy, murderous, wildly-entertaining potential. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 10 Jan. 2023 Some of these are even entertaining, making Bible study fun. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Jan. 2023 The podcast also uncovers a spectacular crime that, through a wildly entertaining investigation, lands someone in prison. Laura Jane Standley, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2022 My favorite 2022 sports memory didn’t involve this wildly entertaining Bruins team, or the NHL at all. Katie Mcinerney, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Dec. 2022 If nothing else, this game should be wildly entertaining. The Arizona Republic, 28 Nov. 2022 Wildly entertaining for every minute of its three hour-plus running time, RRR has become one of India’s highest-grossing films of all time and is now generating Oscar buzz. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Nov. 2022 This one was highly competitive and wildly entertaining. Mark Maske, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of entertaining was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Entertaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertaining. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​ter·​tain·​ing ˌen-tər-ˈtān-iŋ How to pronounce entertaining (audio)
: providing amusement, diversion, or recreation
an entertaining book
entertainingly adverb

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