- 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 inquisitively
The Professor—I had guessed his identity—joined us, glancing at me inquisitively.The Bacillus of Beauty
I then gazed at her so inquisitively that she understood instinctively.My Double Life
Mr. Burns sighed, glanced at me inquisitively, as much as to say, "Aren't you going yet?"The Shadow-Line
She raised to me not her eyes but her whole face, inquisitively—perhaps in appeal.The Arrow of Gold
The surgeon glanced at him inquisitively, but asked no questions.Robert Hardy's Seven Days
Charles Monroe Sheldon
- excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
- eager to learn; inquiring
Word Origin and History for inquisitively
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.