in·​trigu·​ing | \ in-ˈtrē-giŋ How to pronounce intriguing (audio) \

Definition of intriguing

: engaging the interest to a marked degree : fascinating an intriguing story

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Examples of intriguing in a Sentence

Some had once contained medicines, sarsaparilla, or elixirs; others had intriguing names embossed into their glass panels: Balm of One Thousand Flowers, Indian Cholagogue, Dr. Kilmer's Kidney Cure, and Ocean Weed Heart Remedy. — Kim Wong Keltner, The Dim Sum of All Things, 2004 The Huns are intriguing not only because of their notoriously hawkish history, but also because of their place as middlemen between Mongol and Turkic ethnicity. — Victor L. Mote, Siberia, 1998 The next two phases of the Cambrian … mark the strangest, most important, and most intriguing of all episodes in the fossil record of animals—the short interval known as the Cambrian explosion … — Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, July/August 1998 The folklorist Jan Brunvand has documented hundreds of "urban legends," intriguing stories that everyone swears happened to a friend of a friend … and that circulate for years in nearly identical form in city after city, but that can never be documented as real events. — Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct, 1994 The offer is very intriguing. an intriguing concept that should engender much debate among climatologists
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That will be one of the intriguing questions of the 2018 season. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks mailbag: Can the 2016 draft class, led by Germain Ifedi, step up? Are there other RT options?," 5 Aug. 2018 More Capital Journal Here’s the most intriguing question about this picture: How is Mr. Trump able to hold onto support among his base in a climate that even many of them acknowledge is chaotic and disconcerting? Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "The Trump Divide Grows Wider," 23 July 2018 As George Dvorsky of Gizmodo points out, the new study raises a number of intriguing questions that researchers cannot yet answer. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Unique Brain Circuitry Might Explain Why Parrots Are So Smart," 7 July 2018 Where Jackson is taken is one of the most intriguing questions for tonight. Conor Orr,, "On the Ground in Dallas, Buzz Builds for Mayfield at No. 1. (Of Course That, Too, Could Be a Smokescreen)," 26 Apr. 2018 But perhaps the most intriguing quarterback question could come down to this: Lamar Jackson, Kyle Lauletta or Mason Rudolph? Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Finding Tom Brady's successor: Patriots have intriguing QB options in 2018 NFL draft," 24 Apr. 2018 Why anyone would go to all this trouble is an intriguing question. The Economist, "Colonising the galaxy is hard. Why not send bacteria instead?," 12 Apr. 2018 Now that there’s a league run by the NBA focused around the game, that raises an intriguing question: Could those players actually join an NBA 2K League team and play along with a group of full-time gamers? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Could NBA stars play in the NBA 2K League? Ronnie2K says there's interest," 4 Apr. 2018 Which raises an intriguing question: Would DeFilippo have been content to toil in Pederson’s shadow? Marcus Hayes,, "Eagles lost key piece when Josh McDaniels slithered back to New England | Marcus Hayes," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of intriguing

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intriguing

see intrigue entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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