Uninterested describes someone who doesn't pay attention or care. If you're uninterested in touring old homes and shopping for antiques, you might be bored on vacation with your aunt and her friends.

The adjective uninterested is the one you'll use if you really don't care about something. You might be uninterested in the economics textbook chapter you keep trying to read, or uninterested in the celebrity gossip everyone is sharing. Uninterested is like bored. The Latin root word of interest is interresse, or to be of importance. So when something's not important to you, you're uninterested.

Definitions of uninterested
  1. adjective
    not having or showing interest
    “an uninterested spectator”
    apathetic, indifferent
    marked by a lack of interest
    blase, bored
    uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence
    showing indifference or disregard
    benumbed, dulled
    having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure
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    having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern
    having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more
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  2. adjective
    having no care or interest in knowing
    “she appeared totally uninterested
    showing absence of intellectual inquisitiveness or natural curiosity
Commonly confused words

disinterested / uninterested

If you’re disinterested, you’re unbiased; you’re out of the loop. But if you’re uninterested, you don’t give a hoot; you’re bored. These two words have been duking it out, but the battle may be over for uninterested. Heavyweight disinterested has featherweight uninterested on the ropes.

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