curious


curious
curious [kyoor′ē əs]
adj.
sometimes compar.curiouser: often in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [ME < OFr curios < L curiosus, careful, diligent, curious; akin to cura, care: see CURE]
1. eager to learn or know
2. unnecessarily inquisitive; prying
3. arousing attention or interest because unusual or strange; odd
4. Rare highly detailed, as in workmanship; elaborate
5. Obs. fastidious
curiously
adv.
curiousness
n.
SYN.- CURIOUS, in this comparison, implies eagerness or anxiousness to find out things and may suggest a wholesome desire to be informed; INQUISITIVE implies a habitual tendency to be curious, esp. about matters that do not concern one, and an attempt to gain information by persistent questioning; MEDDLESOME suggests unwelcome intrusion into the affairs of others; PRYING suggests an officious inquisitiveness and meddlesomeness that persists against resistance

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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