Essential Meaning of curious
1 : having a desire to learn or know more about something or someone The cat was naturally curious about its new surroundings. They were curious to find out who won the game. See More ExamplesWe're curious about why you never called us. The curious [=inquisitive] reader can find more information in the back of the book. I'm curious to know more about her.
2 : strange, unusual, or unexpected She found a curious old clock in the attic. That's curious [=weird, strange, odd]—I thought I left my keys right here. See More ExamplesThe 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. The story of what really happened to them that day gets curiouser and curiouser. [=stranger and stranger]
Full 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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