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[in-kwahyuh r-ing] /ɪnˈkwaɪər ɪŋ/
seeking facts, information, or knowledge:
an inquiring mind.
curious; probing; inquisitive in seeking facts:
an inquiring reporter.
scrutinizing; questioning:
He looked at his father with inquiring eyes.
Origin of inquiring
First recorded in 1595-1605; inquire + -ing2
Related forms
inquiringly, adverb
noninquiring, adjective
noninquiringly, adverb
uninquiring, adjective Unabridged
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  • A tall youth emerged from the dusk and looked at them inquiringly.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The schoolmaster glanced at me inquiringly and I corroborated the lad's accusation.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • He obeyed her with obvious surprise, then looked at her inquiringly.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • He then lights a cigarette and holds it up to her inquiringly.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The boy at her side Polly had never spoken with, but now she turned to him inquiringly.

  • He looked at her inquiringly, caught the direction of her stabbing finger.

    The Moon is Green Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • She stopped and Moore, pencil poised, looked at her inquiringly.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • He lay still until his daughter came in and glanced at him inquiringly.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • "They've a big score with yourself, I'll be bound," said Lanty inquiringly.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • Phil pushed his way inside and looked about him inquiringly.

British Dictionary definitions for inquiringly


seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etc: an inquiring mind
Derived Forms
inquiringly, adverb
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