- 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 curiousness
The curiousness of the subject will, I hope, excuse my dwelling on it for some time.A Treatise of Human Nature
Surely, that which is forbid as solemn matter of religion, should be rather forbid as mere matter of curiousness.Joyce Morrell's Harvest
Emily Sarah Holt
There is nothing else to recommend the poem except its wit and the curiousness of the subject.Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn
Her mother had been frank with her since she had reached the age of curiousness; in turn Mona was frank with her father.Painted Veils
- 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 curiousness
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).