- eager to learn or know; inquisitive.
- prying; meddlesome.
- arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange: a curious sort of person; a curious scene.
- made or prepared skillfully.
- done with painstaking accuracy or attention to detail: a curious inquiry.
- careful; fastidious.
- marked by intricacy or subtlety.
Origin of curious
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Examples from the Web for curiously
For one Speyside distillery in particular, The Macallan, that process has come to be defined by some curiously small stills.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
After the postwar disintegration of the British Empire, Scots curiously disassociated themselves with the period altogether.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Curiously, even the dark meat does not ooze rivers of juice when you bite it.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken
Jane & Michael Stern
May 26, 2014
Curiously, Patton's accusers never came up with a reason she'd have killed her husband.Gems, Guns and Death in a Jungle Mansion
May 25, 2014
For the rest of the world, it was a curiously bizarre event.Eavesdropping On Kim and Kanye’s Florentine “Wedding of the Century”
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 24, 2014
The edge of the garment was curiously wrought with golden palm leaves.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Gracie Dennis, watched him curiously; listened critically to his words.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
She got up slowly, and stood silent, while Aggie regarded her curiously.Within the Law
He was curiously mixed up in the events of the revolution of 1848.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He looked at me curiously for an instant--then with a frown.In the Valley
- eager to learn; inquisitive
- overinquisitive; prying
- interesting because of oddness or novelty; strange; unexpected
- rare (of workmanship, etc) highly detailed, intricate, or subtle
- obsolete fastidious or hard to please
Word Origin and History for curiously
mid-14c., "eager to know" (often in a bad sense), from Old French curios "solicitous, anxious, inquisitive; odd, strange" (Modern French curieux) and directly from Latin curiosus "careful, diligent; inquiring eagerly, meddlesome," akin to cura "care" (see cure (n.)). The objective sense of "exciting curiosity" is 1715 in English. In booksellers' catalogues, the word means "erotic, pornographic." Curiouser and curiouser is from "Alice in Wonderland" (1865).