intrigued

adjective

in·​trigued in-ˈtrēgd How to pronounce intrigued (audio)
: having one's interest, desire, or curiosity strongly aroused
Cricket was intrigued, but I decided it wasn't good enough for her, and we moved to the sprawling Marriott resort, a complex of pretty lawns and pools with swim-up bars on the Chao Phraya river.Food and Wine
And all the time she laughed, he watched, a smile quirking the corners of his mouth, as though he were both intrigued and delighted that he had done this, that he had made her laugh so suddenly and uncontrollably.Rachel Joyce

Examples of intrigued in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watching an early appearance of Melanie on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson only left me more intrigued about her ambivalent relationship toward fame: How could the same person be so confident and charismatic behind a guitar, but so diffident and uncomfortable chatting with Carson? Joseph Fenity, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Jan. 2024 Some big investors became more intrigued with the prospect of owning marinas after the Internal Revenue Service ruled that fees paid for boat slips and boat storage counted as real-estate rents. Peter Grant, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 Billups is most intrigued about the athleticism that Grant brings to the forward position as a versatile player who can play well off of Lillard and score in a variety of ways, plus bring length and the ability to switch defensively onto smaller players. oregonlive, 7 July 2022 Through it all, Marty stayed calm, looking more intrigued than scared. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2015 Ideally, the recipient is left intrigued and wanting more information. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2022 But researchers were even more intrigued to see that their spins were not aligned—a telltale sign that the compact objects had not known each for very long. Adam Mann, Scientific American, 2 Sep. 2020 Rather than a lecture hall, the talks are held in a big lobby space where people are regularly walking through, so that passers-by can become intrigued and start listening. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 25 Aug. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intrigued was in 1908

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“Intrigued.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrigued. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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