adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French curios, from Latin curiosus careful, inquisitive, from cura cure Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic made carefully b. obsolete abstruse c. archaic precisely accurate 2. a. marked by desire to investigate and learn b. marked by inquisitive interest in others' concerns ; nosy 3. exciting attention as strange, novel, or unexpected ; odd <
a curious coincidence
curiousness noun Synonyms: curious, inquisitive, prying mean interested in what is not one's personal or proper concern. curious a neutral term, basically connotes an active desire to learn or to know <
children are curious about everything
. inquisitive suggests impertinent and habitual curiosity and persistent quizzing <
dreaded the visits of their inquisitive relatives
. prying implies busy meddling and officiousness <
prying neighbors who refuse to mind their own business

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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