Definition of inquisitive
1 : given to examination or investigation
2 : inclined to ask questions; especially : inordinately or improperly curious about the affairs of others
Examples of inquisitive in a Sentence
… but now, with the wanderings of the fleets and their inquisitive occupants producing words from all over, the English vocabulary was enhanced not merely by the usual suspects but by words from India and Turkey, Arabia and Malaya, Japan and the native peoples of North America … —Simon Winchester, The Meaning of Everything, 2003
It's partly because humans are naturally inquisitive and exploratory but also, and more significant, because we need the unknown, what historians of religion call “otherness,” to lend our lives significance. —David Nicholson-Lord, Nation, 6 Oct. 1997
Inquisitive eyes reveal the dingo's true nature—it's a hunter, from its cocked ears and powerful jaws to the white tip of its tail. —Mitch Reardon, Australian Geographic, July–September 1992
an inquisitive woman who tends to everybody's business but her own
Recent Examples of inquisitive from the Web
Ratajkowski is a curious, inquisitive person, the kind of person who engages with the world, with art, with new friends.
This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.
Walker-Kimbrough has tried to channel that inquisitive approach since joining the Mystics as the No.
Friendly, inquisitive and sweet, Oz hardly knows a stranger.
What this novel succeeds in is creating a dense psychological portrait of a black woman nearing the close of the 20th century: inquisitive, obsessive, imaginative, alive.
It is all done with a smile and inquisitive look that is far from threatening.
Gunter is a bright boy, but he can be distracted by things around him and his inquisitive nature might frustrate a novice owner.
The kid with the white blond locks and big, inquisitive blue eyes was central-casting-perfect to play the progeny of chilly Norwegian couple Nora and Torvald Helmer.
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Synonym Discussion of inquisitive
INQUISITIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inquisitive for English Language Learners
: tending to ask questions : having a desire to know or learn more
: asking too many questions about other people's lives
INQUISITIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of inquisitive for Students
1 : in search of information … there will be crowds of scientists and other inquisitive people … — Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg
2 : overly curious
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