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Definition of intimidating

: causing a loss of courage or self-confidence : producing feelings of fear or timidity an intimidating snarl a boss with a very intimidating manner The Red Army athletes were the most intimidating of competitors.— Ian Thomsen First jobs are intimidating for everyone, but few people have to cope with the stresses of the workplace at such a tender age as ballet dancers do.— Daphne Hurford

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Other Words from intimidating

intimidatingly adverb
The ship was eerily, intimidatingly empty … — Anthony Bourdain … according to the architect Richard Rogers, [Daniel] Libeskind's work isn't just formally arresting—it is intimidatingly smart. — Jason Cowley

Examples of intimidating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But speaking to a stranger about some pretty intimate experiences and feelings can feel really intimidating. Melissa Matthews, SELF, 5 Oct. 2021 For a guy who at that point had only really had a meaningful relationship with myself, the mere idea of finding something else, anything else, was a new and intimidating prospect. Andrew Zimmern As Told To Cnn's Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 In a company on a mission to demystify the club-buying process and making the sport more accessible and less intimidating to beginners, Strahan Brand has found a kindred spirit. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 But like so many other disability policy bills, in order to pass it was limited, trimmed, and loaded with conditions in ways that leave significant numbers of disabled people out and make even approaching it intimidating. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 The idea of orange lipstick can sound garish or intimidating but consider orange as a spectrum of shades. Patrice Grell Yursik, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2021 Picasso’s looser, abstract works were perceived as less intimidating. Lyndi Mcnulty,, 6 Sep. 2021 The enrollment process is often complex and intimidating. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 And for many, tuning in on a podcast app is a less intimidating prospect than sharing with a group. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of intimidating

1748, in the meaning defined above

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“Intimidating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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