Something that's diverting is a pleasant distraction. A movie on a long bus ride — even a bad movie — is diverting.

The adjective diverting describes anything that grabs your attention, especially if it's entertaining and distracts from something less interesting. Spending time with a friend can be diverting when you're waiting to hear important news or get the results of a big test, and a good, diverting book is the perfect thing to take on a boring train commute. Diverting stems from the verb divert, or "distract," from its Latin root, divertere, "to turn in different directions."

Definitions of diverting
  1. adjective
    providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining
    “a diverting story”
    synonyms: amusing, amusive
    arousing or holding the attention
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