- 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 know2. unnecessarily inquisitive; prying3. arousing attention or interest because unusual or strange; odd4. Rare highly detailed, as in workmanship; elaborate5. Obs. fastidiouscuriouslyadv.curiousnessn.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. V. Neufeldt. 2014.