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: 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
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

the school's seniors faced the intimidating prospect of the college entrance exams an intimidating bodyguard keeping the fans away from the pop star
Recent Examples on the Web The 2022 sports book, read by actor Brian Hutchison, looks back at the trials, tribulations, and all-too-brief triumphs of the intimidating and extremely physical ‘90s Knicks led by Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and coach Pat Riley. Shannon Carlin, TIME, 21 June 2024 Under federal law, employers can make factual statements, for instance regarding union dues, as long as those statements are truthful and not misleading, coercive or intimidating. Sarah MacAraeg, Chicago Tribune, 20 June 2024 Though that might be less intimidating than answering to Wanda Sykes after driving by and commenting on her ass. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2024 Still, these Bronx Bombers always seem a bit like musclebound fighters — formidable and intimidating, but lacking the intangible pixie dust of youth and the agility necessary to ultimately come out on top. Paul Bledsoe, Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for intimidating 

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intimidating was in 1748

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“Intimidating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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