- given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
- unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.
- an inquisitive person: thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.
Origin of inquisitive
Examples from the Web for inquisitive
But what about the eloquent, book smart, interesting, quirky, inquisitive black woman, you ask?Lifetime’s ‘Girlfriend Intervention’: The Fairy Black Mothers TV Doesn’t Need
September 25, 2014
Indeed, the crowd at my reading was attentive, inquisitive—and willing to spend money on printed books.Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore
July 30, 2014
As Gondry asks Chomsky about his childhood, the answer soon becomes clear: a skeptical, inquisitive, combative mind.What Is Michel Gondry Doing With Noam Chomsky?
November 20, 2013
Like Socrates, Street Epistemologists are to understand themselves as inquisitive teachers, not combative lecturers.Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers
November 2, 2013
I was inquisitive and knew I had the ideal partner to explore new territory with.How 10 Porn Stars Lost Their Virginity
May 7, 2013
Lauzanne was in an inquisitive mood, as the other two raced on in front.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
As for the inquisitive folk on the pavement they only saw the backs of the guards.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
One night we put fourteen inquisitive porcupines out of camp.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
"You are neither an inquisitive nor an emotional person," Wrayson said.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Little Fay stood with her head on one side like an inquisitive sparrow.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
- eager to learn; inquiring
Word Origin and History for inquisitive
late 14c., from Old French inquisitif, from Late Latin inquisitivus "making inquiry," from Latin inquisit-, past participle stem of inquirere (see inquire).
An housbonde shal nat been Inquisityf of goddes pryuetee nor of his wyf. [Chaucer, "Miller's Prologue"]
Related: Inquisitively; inquisitiveness.