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curious


cu·ri·ous  (kyr-s)
adj.
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.
4. Archaic
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.]

curi·ous·ly adv.
curi·ous·ness n.
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.

Thesaurus: curious 1 wondering 2 inquisitive, snooping, prying 3 odd, weird, peculiar. curious

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