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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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  • The speaker tittered as Ramsey inquiringly extended her arms out forward and crossed her wrists.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • They perked their heads and looked at him inquiringly when it was gone.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • Seeing the high indifference of this small, bristling stranger, the ram stepped up and was just about to sniff at him inquiringly.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He put his free hand to one of his own eyes, fingering it inquiringly.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • A tall youth emerged from the dusk and looked at them inquiringly.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He looked at me so inquiringly, so inquisitively, that I went on.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • She looked at him gravely and inquiringly, as if in search of help.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • "Good evening," he said, looking at her pleasantly but inquiringly.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • "Go on off—I don't want nothing of yuh," he admonished the horse, which turned and looked at him inquiringly.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
  • The doctor thought he had guessed them, and inquiringly repeated: "Mary, are you afraid?"

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for inquiringly


seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etc: an inquiring mind
Derived Forms
inquiringly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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