VOCABULARY: Synonyms and Antonyms of INTERESTING

Meaning – holding the attention or provoking interest.


• absorbing – something that is absorbing is so entertaining that you give it all your attention 
• appealing – attractive and interesting 
• arresting (formal) – attracting your attention 
• beguiling – a beguiling person or thing seems attractive and interesting, but may be dangerous 
• buzzworthy – likely to create interest and attention 
• captivating – very interesting or attractive in a way that takes all your attention 
• challenging – difficult to deal with or achieve, but interesting and enjoyable 
• colourful – interesting, exciting, and sometimes funny 
• compelling – interesting or exciting enough to keep your attention completely 
• compulsive reading/viewing – a book or television programme that is very interesting and exciting 
• consuming – so important or interesting to you that you cannot think of anything else 
• diverting (formal) – interesting or enjoyable 
• enchanting – very interesting and attractive 
• engrossing – extremely interesting 
• enthralling – an enthralling activity or event is so interesting or exciting that you give it all your attention 
• exotic – used for describing things that are interesting or exciting because they are in or from distant foreign countries 
• hypnotic – making you unable to pay attention to anything else 
• inviting – something that is inviting is attractive and makes you want to experience it 
• juicy – a juicy job or activity is interesting and enjoyable 
• magnetic – able to attract and interest people very strongly 
• mesmeric – making you fix your thoughts completely on something so that you do not notice or pay attention to anything else around you 
• mesmerizing – so attractive or interesting that you do not notice or pay attention to anything else around you 
• a must-see – so good, interesting or important that everyone should see it 
• notable – unusual or interesting enough to be mentioned or noticed 
• notably (adverb) (formal) – in a way that is unusual or interesting, or more than you would expect 
• piquant – mainly literary a quality or situation that is piquant is very exciting and interesting 
• quite something – used for saying that someone or something is very interesting or impressive 
• quotable – interesting enough to be used as a quotation 
• rich – interesting, with a lot of different qualities, experiences, or events 
• (right) up someone’s street – exactly the type of thing that someone is interested in or is good at doing 
• riveting – extremely interesting or exciting 
• scintillating – very impressive, interesting, or clever 
• sparkling – very lively and interesting 
• stimulating – making you feel interested 
• striking – attracting your interest or attention because of some unusual feature 
• tempting – used for describing something that makes you feel you would like to have it or to do it 
• terrific – very good or interesting 
• there’s more to someone/something than meets the eye – used for saying that someone or something is more interesting, impressive, complicated etc than they seem to be 
• trailblazing – new, exciting, and interesting 
• unputdownable (informal) a book that is unputdownable is so interesting or exciting that you do not want to stop reading it 
• watchable – enjoyable and interesting to watch 
• water cooler (noun) – used for referring to something, especially a television programme, that is very interesting so that people talk about it at work the next day 
• worthy of note – important, or interesting


breathtaking, electric, electrifying, exciting, exhilarating, galvanizing, inspiring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling, provocative, tantalizing, emphatic, showy, splashy, striking, alluring, attractive, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, spellbinding, hypnotizing, mesmerizing, curious, odd, unusual, weird

amazing, astonishing, astounding, eventful, eye-opening, fabulous, marvellous (or marvelous), surprising, wonderful, wondrous, amusing, entertaining


boring, drab, dry, dull, heavy, monotonous, tedious, uninteresting


operose, tiresome, tiring, wearisome, wearying, sterile, unexciting, dreary, humdrum, pedantic, pedestrian, demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting.

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