interesting

adjective
in·​ter·​est·​ing | \ ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stiŋ How to pronounce interesting (audio) ; ˈin-tə-ˌre-, ˈin-ˌtre-; ˈin-tər- How to pronounce interesting (audio) \

Definition of interesting

: holding the attention : arousing interest

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Other Words from interesting

interestingness noun

The Pronunciation and History of Interesting

There are a number of ways to say interesting. It can have three syllables or four; it can have an accent only on the first syllable, or it can also have a secondary accent on the "res"; the first "e" can get ignored, resulting in a second syllable of "tres" rhyming with dress; or the second "e" can be ignored, resulting in a syllable that sounds like terse. All of these various pronunciations are well-established and occur in the speech of educated, native speakers of English.

The word interesting originally meant "of concern"; it was a synonym of important. It comes from the verb interest, which in its original use meant "to induce or persuade to participate or engage." If you were interested in something, you were not willing to be a bystander; you felt the need to participate or engage.

Examples of interesting in a Sentence

This is one of the most interesting books I've read all year. It will be interesting to see how she decides to spend the money. This building has an interesting history. I don't find politics very interesting. I found it interesting to learn that she had once lived in California. Most of what he said wasn't interesting to me.
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One of the most interesting aspects of Game of Thrones is that almost all of its characters are operating on a sliding moral spectrum. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys Targaryen Should Not Be Queen of Westeros," 19 Apr. 2019 These exoplanets come in all kinds of different types, but the most interesting are the Earth-like ones. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Newest Planet-Hunting Telescope Has Already Found an Earth-like World," 17 Apr. 2019 His most interesting cartoon is himself, a work entirely of his own contriving, with a touch of the Tasmanian Devil. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Politics as Cartooning: What’s Trump, Doc?," 5 Apr. 2019 Perhaps most interesting to the power users: A performance widget. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft powers up Windows 10's Game Bar with truly useful tools for PC enthusiasts," 4 Apr. 2019 Even celebs love to play with Snapchat’s always-rotating roster of filters, but as Selena Gomez recently pointed out, there’s something pretty interesting about a lot of the app’s options. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Selena Gomez Questions Why Snapchat's “Pretty” Filters Always Have Blue Eyes," 9 Mar. 2019 In 2018, her most interesting work (to my mind) focused on the platforms’ algorithms — how social media’s tool for personally tailoring content to individual users has bred political extremism. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 The Contestants Cheer on Their Competitors Perhaps one of the most interesting things that happens during the show takes place in a building just a short golf cart ride away from the soundstage. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 The half-hour dramedy, which began its run as a fun look at the weirdness of casual dating (especially online), quietly became one of the most interesting, introspective relationship series on TV. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interesting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of interesting

1768, in the meaning defined above

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interesting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interesting

: attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something : not dull or boring

interesting

adjective
in·​ter·​est·​ing | \ ˈin-trə-stiŋ How to pronounce interesting (audio) , ˈin-tə-rə-\

Kids Definition of interesting

: holding the attention : not dull or boring an interesting story

Other Words from interesting

interestingly adverb

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