curious

  • 1 Curious — Cu ri*ous (k? r? ?s), a. [OF. curios, curius, F. curieux, L. curiosus careful, inquisitive, fr. cura care. See {Cure}.] 1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Little… …

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  • 2 curious — 1 Curious, inquisitive, prying, snoopy, nosy are comparable when meaning interested in finding out or in a search for facts that are not one s personal concern. Curious need not imply objectionable qualities such as intrusiveness or impertinence …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 curious — [kyoor′ē əs] adj. sometimes compar.curiouser: often in allusion to Lewis Carroll s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland [ME < OFr curios < L curiosus, careful, diligent, curious; akin to cura, care: see CURE] 1. eager to learn or know 2.… …

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  • 4 curious — [adj1] desiring knowledge, understanding analytical, disquisitive, examining, impertinent, inquiring, inquisitive, inspecting, interested, interfering, intrusive, investigative, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, peeping, peering, prurient, prying,… …

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  • 5 curious — index eccentric, extraordinary, inquisitive, noteworthy, prodigious (amazing), rare, remarkable, u …

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  • 6 curious — (adj.) mid 14c., eager to know (often in a bad sense), from O.Fr. curios solicitous, anxious, inquisitive; odd, strange (Mod.Fr. curieux) and directly from L. curiosus careful, diligent; inquiring eagerly, meddlesome, akin to cura care (see CURE… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 curious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) eager to know or learn something. 2) strange; unusual. DERIVATIVES curiously adverb. ORIGIN Latin curiosus careful , from cura care …

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  • 8 curious — cu|ri|ous [ kjuriəs ] adjective ** 1. ) someone who is curious wants to find out about something: I didn t mean to pry. I m just curious. That s all. curious about: Children are curious about animals and how they live. curious to see/hear/know… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 curious */*/ — UK [ˈkjʊərɪəs] / US [ˈkjʊrɪəs] adjective 1) a) someone who is curious wants to find out about something I didn t mean to pry. I m just curious. That s all. curious about: Children are curious about animals and how they live. curious to… …

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  • 10 curious — adj. eager to know 1) curious about (curious about smb. s past) 2) curious to + inf. (I would be curious to know what really happened) odd 3) curious that + clause (it is curious that she didn t remember the incident) * * * [ kjʊ(ə)rɪəs] curious… …

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  • 11 curious — adj. 1 eager to find out about sb/sth VERBS ▪ be, feel, seem ▪ became, get, grow ▪ remain ▪ …

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  • 12 curious — cu|ri|ous S3 [ˈkjuəriəs US ˈkjur ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: curios, from Latin curiosus careful, wanting to know , from cura; CURE1] 1.) wanting to know about something →↑inquisitive ▪ Puppies are naturally curious. curious… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 curious — 01. I m [curious] to know why you decided to become a doctor. 02. My nephew looked at me [curiously] the first time he saw me with my head shaved. 03. A child is naturally full of [curiosity], and wants to know about everything. 04. My children… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 curious — [[t]kjʊ͟əriəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ about n If you are curious about something, you are interested in it and want to know more about it. Steve was intensely curious about the world I came from... Children are naturally… …

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  • 15 curious — adjective 1 wanting to know about something: When I mentioned her name everyone was very curious. (+ about): I m curious about this book she s supposed to be writing. | curious to see/hear/know etc: Mandy was curious to hear what Peter had to say …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 curious — curiously, adv. curiousness, n. /kyoor ee euhs/, adj. 1. eager to learn or know; inquisitive. 2. prying; meddlesome. 3. arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange: a curious …

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  • 17 curious — 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 …

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  • 18 curious*/ — [ˈkjʊəriəs] adj 1) wanting to find out about something People were curious to know why the accident happened.[/ex] Children are curious about animals and how they live.[/ex] 2) unusual and interesting He felt a curious mixture of happiness and… …

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  • 19 curious — adjective /ˈkju.ri.əs,ˈkjɔ.ri.əs/ a) Inquisitive; tending to ask questions, investigate, or explore. But departing thence, when we found no houses, we were not curious in any weather, to lie 3 or 4 nights together upon any shore under the trees… …

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  • 20 curious — adjective 1) she was curious to know what had happened Syn: intrigued, interested, eager to know, dying to know, agog; inquisitive Ant: uninterested 2) her curious behavior Syn: strange …

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