intriguing

adjective
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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Recent Examples on the Web Though the Adam Dunn signing by former GM Ken Williams after the 2010 season still causes recurring flashbacks, the possibility of bringing in another all-or-nothing, left-handed hitting outfielder is intriguing. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "It might be too early for the Chicago White Sox to acquire a significant outfielder, but there could be options at the trade deadline. Here are 5 of them.," 6 May 2021 The possibilities of the precision demonstrated by these two experiments are intriguing. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Scientists Supersize Quantum Effects with Entangled Drum Duet," 6 May 2021 In addition to more housing and its impact on the skyline, the prospect of a new hospitality outlet in the new West Temple skyscraper is intriguing. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Look what’s coming to downtown Salt Lake City: another skyscraper. Here are the high points.," 6 May 2021 That momentum is particularly intriguing considering Chowbus’ bootstraps beginnings just five years ago. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, "Chowbus Experiences 700% Growth With A Differentiated Foodservice Delivery Model," 5 May 2021 Obviously, a player with tools like Strachan are intriguing. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "2021 NFL Draft: Colts select Charleston WR Michael Strachan in seventh round," 1 May 2021 And this immersion in an existence that blurs the line between humanity and technology can be intriguing. Judy Berman, Time, "A New Season of The Girlfriend Experience Gives Us Yet Another Exploration of Tech and Male Desire," 30 Apr. 2021 Sign up forPEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Ga. Woman Is Fatally Shot by Her Boyfriend, Who Then Turns Gun on Himself After Shooting at Police," 29 Apr. 2021 Parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny, others intriguing. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "New Peacock comedy 'Rutherford Falls' is so much more than Ed Helms. Thank goodness," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of intriguing was in 1752

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13 May 2021

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“Intriguing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intriguing. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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intriguing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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