in·​cu·​ri·​ous (ˌ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce incurious (audio)
: lacking a normal or usual curiosity : uninterested
a blank incurious stare
incuriously adverb
incuriousness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for incurious

indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached, disinterested mean not showing or feeling interest.

indifferent implies neutrality of attitude from lack of inclination, preference, or prejudice.

indifferent to the dictates of fashion

unconcerned suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles.

unconcerned about the homeless

incurious implies an inability to take a normal interest due to dullness of mind or to self-centeredness.

incurious about the world

aloof suggests a cool reserve arising from a sense of superiority or disdain for inferiors or from shyness.

aloof from his coworkers

detached implies an objective attitude achieved through absence of prejudice or selfishness.

observed family gatherings with detached amusement

disinterested implies a circumstantial freedom from concern for personal or especially financial advantage that enables one to judge or advise without bias.

judged by a panel of disinterested observers

Examples of incurious in a Sentence

She is remarkably incurious about the natural world. a quick incurious glance at the pile of junk mail
Recent Examples on the Web Scarcity has made palates incurious, leading to a nativist turn in national appetites: Think pallid plates of fish and chips in England, a country that once hummed with curry houses sitting along a vibrant Brick Lane. Mayukh Sen, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2023 The radically complex needs of hundreds of millions of people coexisting in online spaces cannot and will not ever be met by executives who are ultimately incurious and intolerant of democratic principles in their own organizations. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2023 The mob is anti-intellectual, incurious, and authoritarian. David Harsanyi, National Review, 27 Apr. 2023 Further, Xenakis, the former Army psychiatrist and general, reviewed more than 400 pages of Fishback’s V.A. medical records and said V.A. care Fishback did receive in 2016 and 2017 was insufficient and incurious. C.j. Chivers, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2023 When felled by illness in various ways, they’re mystified but incurious, irritated but not despairing, and in utter disbelief that things can really go south. Rachael Bedard, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2022 Trump is in the style of our moment: a man from nowhere, with no stake in the system, ignorant of history, incurious about our political habits and traditions, but happy to bash and to break old and precious things in exchange for a little attention. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 His victory lap, made easy by a fawning press, virtually ignored the previous president’s massive vaccine mobilization and Operation Warp Speed and was seemingly incurious about why less than 10% of that $1.9 trillion actually goes to coronavirus relief. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, 12 Mar. 2021 Four months before the election, Bolton, 71, is out with a book that portrays Trump as incompetent, uninformed, incurious, erratic, enamored with foreign strongmen, obsessed with his reelection and driven solely by self-interest – in a word, unfit to be president. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 23 June 2020 See More

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Word History


Latin incuriosus, from in- + curiosus curious

First Known Use

circa 1618, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incurious was circa 1618

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“Incurious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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in·​cu·​ri·​ous (ˈ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce incurious (audio)
: showing no interest or concern : indifferent
incuriously adverb
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