inquisitive


in·quis·i·tive

adjective \in-ˈkwi-zə-tiv\

: tending to ask questions : having a desire to know or learn more

: asking too many questions about other people's lives

Full Definition of INQUISITIVE

1
:  given to examination or investigation
2
:  inclined to ask questions; especially :  inordinately or improperly curious about the affairs of others
in·quis·i·tive·ly adverb
in·quis·i·tive·ness noun

Examples of INQUISITIVE

  1. <an inquisitive woman who tends to everybody's business but her own>
  2. … but now, with the wanderings of the fleets and their inquisitive occupants producing words from all over, the English vocabulary was enhanced not merely by the usual suspects but by words from India and Turkey, Arabia and Malaya, Japan and the native peoples of North America … —Simon Winchester, The Meaning of Everything, 2003

Origin of INQUISITIVE

(see inquisition)
First Known Use: 14th century

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