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.
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 century
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
CURIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of curious for Students
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