[ in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting ]
/ ˈɪn tər ə stɪŋ, -trə stɪŋ, -təˌrɛs tɪŋ /


engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.

Idioms for interesting

    in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.

Origin of interesting

First recorded in 1705–15; interest + -ing2

SYNONYMS FOR interesting

1 absorbing, entertaining. Interesting, pleasing, gratifying mean satisfying to the mind. Something that is interesting occupies the mind with no connotation of pleasure or displeasure: an interesting account of a battle. Something that is pleasing engages the mind favorably: a pleasing account of the wedding. Something that is gratifying fulfills expectations, requirements, etc.: a gratifying account of his whereabouts; a book gratifying in its detail.

OTHER WORDS FROM interesting

in·ter·est·ing·ly, adverb in·ter·est·ing·ness, noun un·in·ter·est·ing, adjective un·in·ter·est·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for interesting (2 of 2)

[ in-ter-ist, -trist ]
/ ˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst /


verb (used with object)

Origin of interest

1225–75; (noun) Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin: it concerns, literally, it is between; replacing interesse < Medieval Latin, Latin: to concern, literally, to be between; (v.) earlier interess as v. use of the noun; see inter-, esse


o·ver·in·ter·est, noun pre·in·ter·est, noun, verb re·in·ter·est, noun, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for interesting (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ, -tərɪs-) /


inspiring interest; absorbing

Derived forms of interesting

interestingly, adverb interestingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for interesting (2 of 2)

/ (ˈɪntrɪst, -tərɪst) /


verb (tr)

to arouse or excite the curiosity or concern of
to cause to become involved in something; concern

Word Origin for interest

C15: from Latin: it concerns, from interesse; from inter- + esse to be

Cultural definitions for interesting


The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.

Idioms and Phrases with interesting


see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.