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interesting (adj.)

1711, "that concerns, important" (archaic), present-participle adjective from interest (v.). Meaning "engaging the attention, so as to excite interest" is from 1751. Related: Interestingly. Euphemistic phrase interesting condition, etc., "pregnant" is from 1748.

updated on December 13, 2015

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Definitions of interesting from WordNet

interesting (adj.)
arousing or holding the attention;
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