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Meaning of INQUISITIVE

Pronunciation:  in'kwizitiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"
  2. [adj]  inquiring or appearing to inquire; "an inquiring look"; "the police are proverbially inquisitive"
 

INQUISITIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: curious, inquiring, questioning, speculative, wondering(a)
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \In*quis"i*tive\, a. [OE. inquisitif, F.
    inquisitif.]
    1. Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do
       not concern the inquirer.
    
             A wise man is not inquisitive about things
             impertinent.                          --Broome.
    
    2. Given to examination, investigation, or research;
       searching; curious.
    
             A young, inquisitive, and sprightly genius. --I.
                                                   Watts.
    
    Syn: Inquiring; prying; curious; meddling; intrusive.
    
    Usage: {Inquisitive}, {Curious}, {Prying}. Curious denotes a
           feeling, and inquisitive a habit. We are curious when
           we desire to learn something new; we are inquisitive
           when we set ourselves to gain it by inquiry or
           research. Prying implies inquisitiveness, and is more
           commonly used in a bad sense, as indicating a desire
           to penetrate into the secrets of others.
    
                 [We] curious are to hear, What happens new.
                                                   --Milton.
    
                 This folio of four pages [a newspaper], happy
                 work! Which not even critics criticise; that
                 holds Inquisitive attention, while I read.
                                                   --Cowper.
    
                 Nor need we with a prying eye survey The distant
                 skies, to find the Milky Way.     --Creech.
    
    
  2. \In*quis"i*tive\, n.
    A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research. --Sir
    W. Temple.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: agape, agog, all agog, analytical, burning with curiosity, busy, busybody, consumed with curiosity, curious, exploring, forward, ghoulish, gossipy, impertinent, inquiring, inquisitorial, interested, intrusive, investigative, itchy, meddlesome, meddling, morbid, morbidly curious, nosy, officious, open-eyed, openmouthed, overcurious, presumptuous, probing, prurient, prying, pushing, pushy, questioning, quizzical, scopophiliac, searching, self-appointed, snooping, snoopy, supercurious, voyeuristic
 

 

 

 

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