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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As a Jewish teenager in Romania in the 1930s, Egon Balas was curious about math, physics and girls. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Egon Balas, Jailed and Tortured in Romania, Found Salvation in Math," 29 Mar. 2019 The organization was curious about whether cash transfers — literally giving people who just suffered through a disaster cash — worked well for disaster relief. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Piccini is a curious target, as both teams have already signed a right back this summer. SI.com, "Man Utd & West Ham Reportedly Locked in Battle for Sporting CP Full Back Cristiano Piccini," 13 July 2018 The film feels no need to convince us Graves isn't deluded, but anyone curious enough to do a bit of research will find accredited Western-medicine physicians who take him seriously. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Milford Graves: Full Mantis': Film Review," 11 July 2018 Moss Coffee and Tea held its grand opening Monday, propping the shop door open and greeting curious Boiseans poking their heads in. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Plant yourself at this new spot now open for coffee, tea in Boise," 5 July 2018 But for those just curious about Queen in concert, there’s the standard free seven-day trial period, with the usual caveat to remember to cancel afterward. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 There are also curious and unsubstantiated reports of deep-sea fish burning up in the magma shift. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "French Island Might Be Sitting On Top of Gigantic Underwater Magma Shift," 20 Mar. 2019 Buffy Summers embodied everything any 16-year-old heroine should be: fearless, curious, and strong-willed. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 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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