inquisitive

[ in-kwiz-i-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv /
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adjective

given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.

noun

an inquisitive person: thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.

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Origin of inquisitive

1350–1400; <Late Latin inquīsītīvus, equivalent to Latin inquīsīt(us) (see inquisition) + -īvus-ive; replacing Middle English inquisitif<Middle French <Late Latin, as above

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2. See curious.

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British Dictionary definitions for inquisitive

inquisitive
/ (ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv) /

adjective

excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
eager to learn; inquiring

Derived forms of inquisitive

inquisitively, adverbinquisitiveness, noun
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