- eager to learn or know; inquisitive.
- prying; meddlesome.
- arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange: a curious sort of person; a curious scene.
- made or prepared skillfully.
- done with painstaking accuracy or attention to detail: a curious inquiry.
- careful; fastidious.
- marked by intricacy or subtlety.
Origin of curious
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Examples from the Web for curious
Even other men of color considered Revels a curious figure, for Mississippi had never had a large free black population.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
As I got better, I also got curious about what happened to other patients like me.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
I had, for a long time, been curious about the place where all this fantastic stuff was made.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
“They are very friendly and curious,” The Evening Independent wrote in 1979 in an item emphasizing their popularity and cuteness.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
And there is this curious connection as well: Leila and Temur have the same daughter-in-law.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
Will Cathcart, Vazha Tavberidze, Nino Burchuladze
October 27, 2014
He left her studying the card with a curious little flash of surprise.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It is curious to note the extent to which the unexpected has come about.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
They were as yet quite ignorant but thanks to a happy Fate they were curious.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
She went about looking at things, curious, touching them softly as if they were sacred.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
At any rate the marshal smiled, and a curious flush came in Andrew's face.Way of the Lawless
- eager to learn; inquisitive
- overinquisitive; prying
- interesting because of oddness or novelty; strange; unexpected
- rare (of workmanship, etc) highly detailed, intricate, or subtle
- obsolete fastidious or hard to please
Word Origin and History for curious
mid-14c., "eager to know" (often in a bad sense), from Old French curios "solicitous, anxious, inquisitive; odd, strange" (Modern French curieux) and directly from Latin curiosus "careful, diligent; inquiring eagerly, meddlesome," akin to cura "care" (see cure (n.)). The objective sense of "exciting curiosity" is 1715 in English. In booksellers' catalogues, the word means "erotic, pornographic." Curiouser and curiouser is from "Alice in Wonderland" (1865).