adjective cu·ri·ous \ˈkyr-ē-əs\

: having a desire to learn or know more about something or someone

: strange, unusual, or unexpected

Full Definition of CURIOUS

a archaic :  made carefully
b obsolete :  abstruse
c archaic :  precisely accurate
a :  marked by desire to investigate and learn
b :  marked by inquisitive interest in others' concerns :  nosy
:  exciting attention as strange, novel, or unexpected :  odd <a curious coincidence>
cu·ri·ous·ness noun

Examples of CURIOUS

  1. The cat was naturally curious about its new surroundings.
  2. They were curious to find out who won the game.
  3. We're curious about why you never called us.
  4. I'm curious to know more about her.
  5. She found a curious old clock in the attic.
  6. The birds were engaged in some curious behavior.
  7. Their music is a curious blend of disco and rock.
  8. By a curious coincidence, they bought a house the same day their old one burned down.

Origin of CURIOUS

Middle English, from Anglo-French curios, from Latin curiosus careful, inquisitive, from cura cure
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of CURIOUS

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>.

Rhymes with CURIOUS


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