[ in-kwiz-i-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv /
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an inquisitive person: thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.
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Origin of inquisitive
First recorded in 1350–1400; from Late Latin inquīsītīvus, equivalent to Latin inquīsīt(us) (see inquisition) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English inquisitif, from Middle French, from Late Latin, as above
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2. See curious.
OTHER WORDS FROM inquisitive
in·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbin·quis·i·tive·ness, nounsu·per·in·quis·i·tive, adjectivesu·per·in·quis·i·tive·ly, adverb
un·in·quis·i·tive, adjectiveun·in·quis·i·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use inquisitive in a sentence
Slipping naturally into the most conventional groove either of word or deed, Cornelia eyed the suitcase inquisitively.Molly Make-Believe|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
In grassy enclosures deer and roes are feeding; they push forwards inquisitively as the train passes.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
The surgeon glanced at him inquisitively, but asked no questions.Robert Hardy's Seven Days|Charles Monroe Sheldon
He was awakened from his reverie by the magistrate himself, who came up behind and looked over his shoulder inquisitively.Dry Fish and Wet|Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
Ottelientje and Huig were put to bed; Karel went to do his home-work; Marietje hung round her elder sisters, inquisitively.The Later Life|Louis Couperus
British Dictionary definitions for inquisitive
/ (ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv) /
excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
eager to learn; inquiring
Derived forms of inquisitiveinquisitively, adverbinquisitiveness, noun
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