Essential Meaning of curiosity
1 : the desire to learn or know more about something or someone Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions. The arrival of a construction crew at their house attracted/sparked/aroused the curiosity of their neighbors. See More ExamplesThe movie failed to satisfy her curiosity about the assassination. intellectual curiosity He went into the store out of curiosity. [=because he was curious to see what was in the store]
2 : something that is interesting because it is unusual Tobacco was once a curiosity in Europe. The antique shop was full of curiosities.
Full Definition of curiosity
1 : desire to know:
a : inquisitive interest in others' concerns : nosiness The construction inside their house aroused the curiosity of their neighbors.
b : interest leading to inquiry intellectual curiosity Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.
2 archaic : undue nicety or fastidiousness
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