Definition of gripping adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


; ˈɡrɪpɪŋ
exciting or interesting in a way that keeps your attention
a gripping storyHis books are always so gripping.
Usage noteUsage note: interestingfascinating compelling stimulating gripping absorbingThese words all describe somebody/something that attracts or holds your attention because they are exciting, unusual or full of good ideas.interesting attracting your attention because it is exciting, unusual or full of good ideas:That's an interesting question, Daniel.fascinating extremely interesting or attractive:The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the steam age.compelling (rather formal) so interesting or exciting that it holds your attention:Her latest book makes compelling reading.stimulating full of interesting or exciting ideas; making people feel enthusiastic:Thank you for a most stimulating discussion.gripping so exciting or interesting that it holds your attention completely:His books are always so gripping.absorbing so interesting or enjoyable that it holds your attention:Chess can be an extremely absorbing game.interesting/fascinating/stimulating for somebodyinteresting/fascinating to somebodyinteresting/fascinating that…interesting/fascinating to see/hear/find/learn/know…a(n) interesting/fascinating/compelling/gripping story/read/booka(n) interesting/fascinating/stimulating experience/discussion/ideato find something interesting/fascinating/compelling/stimulating/gripping/absorbing