[in-kwahyuh r-ing]


seeking facts, information, or knowledge: an inquiring mind.
curious; probing; inquisitive in seeking facts: an inquiring reporter.
scrutinizing; questioning: He looked at his father with inquiring eyes.

Origin of inquiring

First recorded in 1595–1605; inquire + -ing2
Related formsin·quir·ing·ly, adverbnon·in·quir·ing, adjectivenon·in·quir·ing·ly, adverbun·in·quir·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inquiringly

Historical Examples of inquiringly

  • A tall youth emerged from the dusk and looked at them inquiringly.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The schoolmaster glanced at me inquiringly and I corroborated the lad's accusation.

  • He obeyed her with obvious surprise, then looked at her inquiringly.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • He then lights a cigarette and holds it up to her inquiringly.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • The boy at her side Polly had never spoken with, but now she turned to him inquiringly.

British Dictionary definitions for inquiringly



seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etcan inquiring mind
Derived Formsinquiringly, adverb
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