[ in-kwahyuhr-ing ]
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  1. seeking facts, information, or knowledge: an inquiring mind.

  2. curious; probing; inquisitive in seeking facts: an inquiring reporter.

  1. scrutinizing; questioning: He looked at his father with inquiring eyes.

Origin of inquiring

First recorded in 1595–1605; inquire + -ing2

Other words from inquiring

  • in·quir·ing·ly, adverb
  • non·in·quir·ing, adjective
  • non·in·quir·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·in·quir·ing, adjective

Words Nearby inquiring Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inquiring in a sentence

  • So he very readily consented, inquiring how soon Garnache would require them.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • He even brushed up his archaic French for the sake of inquiring directly after the child's health from Fanchette.

  • Pike's head suddenly appeared above the hurdles, and he began inquiring after her health.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "Our holiday work," said Mrs. Larpent, in answer to the inquiring look of Norman's eyes.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • Bartow was in the middle of the study, with his eyes fixed on his master's empty chair in an inquiring way that spoke volumes.

    The Circular Study | Anna Katharine Green

British Dictionary definitions for inquiring


/ (ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ) /

  1. seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etc: an inquiring mind

Derived forms of inquiring

  • inquiringly, adverb

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