intriguing

play
adjective in·trigu·ing \in-ˈtrē-giŋ\

Definition of intriguing

  1. :  engaging the interest to a marked degree :  fascinating <an intriguing story>

Examples of intriguing in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. The offer is very intriguing.

  6. <an intriguing concept that should engender much debate among climatologists>

Origin and Etymology of intriguing

(see 1intrigue)


First Known Use: 1752


INTRIGUING Defined for English Language Learners

intriguing

play
adjective in·trigu·ing \in-ˈtrē-giŋ\

Definition of intriguing for English Language Learners

  • : extremely interesting



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up intriguing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to search out and expose misconduct

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ