Definition of curious
1a archaic : made carefullyb obsolete : abstrusec archaic : precisely accurate
2a : marked by desire to investigate and learn They were curious as to who won the game. The cat was curious about its new environment.b : marked by inquisitive interest in others' concerns : nosy curious about the neighbors' doings
3 : exciting attention as strange, novel, or unexpected : odd a curious coincidence We were concerned about his curious behavior.
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Examples of curious in a Sentence
The cat was naturally curious about its new surroundings.
They were curious to find out who won the game.
We're curious about why you never called us.
I'm curious to know more about her.
She found a curious old clock in the attic.
The birds were engaged in some curious behavior.
Their music is a curious blend of disco and rock.
By a curious coincidence, they bought a house the same day their old one burned down.
Recent Examples of curious from the Web
For example, this year has brought a curious surge in the number of Bangladeshis arriving in Italy.
Cruise ships, commercial flights and tour operators are all taking curious Americans to Cuba.
Reporters and curious residents streamed to the scene within the hour.
Those questions made her curious enough to start the Future of Sex podcast.
And there was something else the detective was curious about.
Centering on three irreverent nuns played by Aubrey Plaza (witchy and bitchy), Alison Brie (frustrated and snooty) and Kate Micucci (bi-curious and babyish), the goofy plot never finds its groove.
Nothing on a label or on most wine lists even identifies bottles as natural, leaving their discovery up to curious drinkers.
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Did You Know?
Since the 1300s, "curious" has been variously used to describe things that in some way require, invite, or are characterized by carefulness or inquisitiveness. In so doing, it carries on the legacy of its Latin source, the adjective curiosus, meaning "careful" or "inquisitive." The comparative of "curious" is "more curious," though it is not unusual to encounter the phrase "curiouser and curiouser," made popular by the title character of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland who, Lewis Carroll tells us, "was so much surprised that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English."
Origin and Etymology of curious
Middle English, from Anglo-French curios, from Latin curiosus careful, inquisitive, from cura cure
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of curious
CURIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of curious for English Language Learners
: having a desire to learn or know more about something or someone
: strange, unusual, or unexpected
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