curious

adjective
cu·​ri·​ous | \ ˈkyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce curious (audio) , ˈkyər-\

Definition of curious

1a : 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
2 : exciting attention as strange, novel, or unexpected : odd a curious coincidence We were concerned about his curious behavior.
3a archaic : made carefully
b archaic : precisely accurate
c obsolete : abstruse

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Other Words from curious

curiousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for curious

Synonyms

inquisitive, nosy (or nosey), prying, snoopy

Antonyms

incurious, uncurious

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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

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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."

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.
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The hope is that new policies will stop carbon dioxide concentrations from ever reaching 900ppm, but curious as to how that level might impact squid, the James Cook researchers decided to experiment. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Warming oceans might actually be good news for the original sea monster," 15 June 2019 The zoo says the baby sloth is curious about the keepers, and will even maneuver on Xena to get close to them. Bradley J. Fikes, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Baby sloth enchants crowd at San Diego Zoo," 11 June 2019 On Saturday, the turnout showed that Portland is curious – and excited. oregonlive.com, "Mikkeller Portland pops open to overwhelming crowds at ex-Burnside Brewing home," 9 June 2019 Friedman never stopped being curious about his father who disappeared. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Decades later, Delray man discovers half brothers," 7 June 2019 But Lisa Giocomo, a neurobiologist at Stanford University, was curious about whether something different might happen in the wild, where animals search for food more strategically, with specific goals and motivations in mind. Quanta Magazine, "Goals and Rewards Redraw the Brain’s Map of the World," 28 Mar. 2019 In addition, the rangers told me my bear bells were more likely to attract curious bears than repel them. Beth J. Harpaz, sacbee, "Glacier park may outgrow its name in about a dozen years," 7 July 2018 The battle was one of several curious news items in the Mesozoic Era of the drive-in theater, which swept across the Bay Area in the early ’50s, but managed to all but miss San Francisco. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 All the curious gawkers — women like me — brought a new kind of readership. Lydia Kiesling, The Cut, "The Evolution of a Mormon Mommy Blogger," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of curious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for curious

Middle English, from Anglo-French curios, from Latin curiosus careful, inquisitive, from cura cure

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curious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of curious

: having a desire to learn or know more about something or someone
: strange, unusual, or unexpected

curious

adjective
cu·​ri·​ous | \ ˈkyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce curious (audio) \

Kids Definition of curious

1 : eager to learn : inquisitive Curious onlookers gathered at the scene.
2 : showing an eagerness to learn a curious expression
3 : attracting attention by being strange or unusual : odd “… I'm a … collector … and I like to look at curious specimens.”— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg

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curiously adverb

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