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Meaning of CURIOUS

Pronunciation:  'kyûreeus

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  1. [adj]  eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); "a curious child is a teacher's delight"; "a trap door that made me curious"; "curious investigators"; "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"; "curious about the neighbor's doings"
  2. [adj]  beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior"
  3. [adj]  having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more; "a trap door that made me curious"

CURIOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: funny, inquisitive, interested, nosey, nosy, odd, overcurious, peculiar, prying, queer, questioning, rum, rummy, singular, snoopy, speculative, strange, unusual, wondering(a)
 Antonyms: incurious
 See Also: inquiring



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cu"ri*ous\ (k?"r?-?s), a. [OF. curios, curius, F.
curieux, L. curiosus careful, inquisitive, fr. cura care. See
1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct;
   careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. [Obs.]

         Little curious in her clothes.        --Fuller.

         How shall we, If he be curious, work upon his faith?
                                               --Beau. & Fl.

2. Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed;
   elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.

         To devise curious works.              --Ex. xxxv. 32

         His body couched in a curious bed.    --Shak.

3. Careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to
   research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; --
   sometimes with after or of.

         It is a pity a gentleman so very curious after
         things that were elegant and beautiful should not
         have been as curious as to their origin, their uses,
         and their natural history.            --Woodward.

4. Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise;
   inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or
   plain; strange; rare. ``Acurious tale'' --Shak.

         A multitude of curious analogies.     --Macaulay.

         Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
                                               --E. A. Poe.

         Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of
         learning or sciense often bring to light curious
         results.                              --C. J. Smith.

{Curious arts}, magic. [Obs.]

         Many . . . which used curious arts brought their
         books together, and burned them.      --Acts xix.

Syn: Inquisitive; prying. See {Inquisitive}.

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