noun \ˌkyr-ē-ˈä-s(ə-)tē\

: the desire to learn or know more about something or someone

: something that is interesting because it is unusual

plural cu·ri·os·i·ties

Full Definition of CURIOSITY

:  desire to know:
a :  inquisitive interest in others' concerns :  nosiness
b :  interest leading to inquiry <intellectual curiosity>
archaic :  undue nicety or fastidiousness
a :  one that arouses interest especially for uncommon or exotic characteristics
b :  an unusual knickknack :  curio
c :  a curious trait or aspect

Examples of CURIOSITY

  1. Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.
  2. The arrival of a construction crew at their house attracted the curiosity of their neighbors.
  3. The movie failed to satisfy her curiosity about the assassination.
  4. Tobacco was once a curiosity in Europe.
  5. The antique shop was full of curiosities.

First Known Use of CURIOSITY

14th century

Other Household Terms

cruet, duvet, fiasco, sham, taper, valance, whatnot


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