- made or prepared skillfully.
- done with painstaking accuracy or attention to detail: a curious inquiry.
- careful; fastidious.
- marked by intricacy or subtlety.
- curiosity killed the cat,
Origin of curious
Examples from the Web for curiousness
Her mother had been frank with her since she had reached the age of curiousness; in turn Mona was frank with her father.Painted Veils|James Huneker
There is nothing else to recommend the poem except its wit and the curiousness of the subject.Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn|Lafcadio Hearn
Surely, that which is forbid as solemn matter of religion, should be rather forbid as mere matter of curiousness.Joyce Morrell's Harvest|Emily Sarah Holt
The curiousness of the subject will, I hope, excuse my dwelling on it for some time.A Treatise of Human Nature|David Hume
Word Origin for curious
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).