Definitions for: Curious


[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"
[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"
[adj] having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more; "a trap door that made me curious"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cu"ri*ous (k?"r?-?s), a. [OF. curios, curius, F.
curieux, L. curiosus careful, inquisitive, fr. cura care. See
Cure.]
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.
19.

Syn: Inquisitive; prying. See Inquisitive.

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

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