noun, plural cu·ri·os·i·ties.
Origin of curiosity
Related Words for curiosityinterest, concern, eagerness, inquisitiveness, regard, meddling, questioning, nosiness, investigation, prying, interestingness, intrusiveness, officiousness, marvel, nonesuch, bygone, oddity, prodigy, trinket, rarity
Examples from the Web for curiosity
Contemporary Examples of curiosity
I noticed a picture of her daughter, who was my classmate, and out of curiosity visited her page.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West
IranWire, Shima Sharabi
January 1, 2015
In fact, I publicly vowed to abstain from The Ball in 2012, but professional responsibilities and curiosity got the better of me.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
December 26, 2014
However, several probes—most recently the Curiosity rover—have measured methane in the Martian atmosphere.Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
“Curiosity cabinets are really a 16th century thing of trying to understand the world,” Wynd says.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum
November 11, 2014
One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of curiosity
The boy came forward, and examined the stranger with curiosity.
He handed the letter to Robert, who surveyed it with curiosity.
A pioneer is a brave fellow, with the courage of his own curiosity.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But in the heart of Lecorbeau there was less anxiety than curiosity.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
A plain case, that he had left his curiosity with me, and designed to shew me no other.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
noun plural -ties
- the quality of being curious; strangeness
- (as modifier)the ring had curiosity value only
late 14c., "careful attention to detail," also "desire to know or learn" (originally usually in a bad sense), from Old French curiosete "curiosity, avidity, choosiness" (Modern French curiosité), from Latin curiositatem (nominative curiositas) "desire of knowledge, inquisitiveness," from curiosus (see curious). Neutral or good sense is from early 17c. Meaning "an object of interest" is from 1640s.