1. Eager to learn more: curious investigators; a trapdoor that made me curious.
2. Unduly inquisitive; prying.
3. Arousing interest because of novelty or strangeness: a curious fact.
a. Accomplished with skill or ingenuity.
b. Extremely careful; scrupulous.
[Middle English, from Old French curios, from Latin crisus, careful, inquisitive, from cra, care; see cure.]
Synonyms: curious, inquisitive, snoopy, nosy These adjectives apply to persons who show a marked desire for information or knowledge. Curious most often implies an avid desire to know or learn, though it can suggest prying: A curious child is a teachers delight. A curious neighbor can be a nuisance. Inquisitive frequently suggests excessive curiosity and the asking of many questions: Remember, no revolvers. The police are, I believe, proverbially inquisitive (Lord Dunsany). Snoopy suggests underhanded prying: The snoopy hotel detective spied on guests in the lobby. Nosy implies impertinent curiosity likened to that of an animal using its nose to examine or probe: My nosy colleague went through my mail. See Also Synonyms at strange.
curious /kyris/ adj.1 interested in knowing about things: I am curious; where did you buy that beautiful dress?2 too interested in the lives of others, nosy: She is always curious about what her neighbors are doing.3 strange, unusual, puzzling: His curious behavior has many people worried.-adv.curiously.