from The Century Dictionary.

  • Forming secret plots or schemes; addicted to intrigue; given to secret machinations: as, an intriguing disposition.
  • Synonyms Artful, Sly, etc. (see cunning); insidious, designing, deceitful, plotting, scheming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Causing a desire to know more; mysterious.
  • verb Present participle of intrigue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective disturbingly provocative
  • adjective capable of arousing interest or curiosity


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  • First of all, awesome WordNet definition.

    Also, what's the deal with that spelling. I stared at the word for thirty seconds before looking it up to determine I had it spelled correctly.

    December 28, 2007

  • I really like this word, and use it a lot. I'm surprised more Wordies haven't listed it.

    December 28, 2007

  • "My sister is dating Tarzan", said Gong Li, intriguingly.

    December 29, 2007

  • My adjectival use: 'It is an intriguing story.'

    August 22, 2011