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[in-kyoo r-ee-uh s] /ɪnˈkyʊər i əs/
not curious; not inquisitive or observant; inattentive; indifferent.
Archaic. lacking care or attention; careless; negligent.
Archaic. deficient in interest or novelty.
Origin of incurious
1560-70; < Latin incūriōsus. See in-3, curious
Related forms
[in-kyoo r-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪn kyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
incuriousness, noun
incuriously, adverb
1. uninterested, apathetic, unconcerned. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for incurious
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  • The incurious traveler is thus impressed, by these screening walls, with an incorrect idea of the true nature of the island.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • Lady Lane's face, reflected in the mirror, was passive and incurious.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • But Tony merely fluttered his big black eyes open and stared at me for a long minute of incurious amaze ere he closed them again.

  • They moved a little in my direction, incurious, recognizing me slowly.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • She soon appeared—cold, passive, incurious, yet beneath this I could see the confined struggle of passion.

  • Was it because she had been so incurious that it had worn that look to her?

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • He had the casual, incurious look of one who had been for a little trip down the line.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • Though they rode close by, yet they showed no sign, passing silent and incurious.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The question came from Carson Tinker, but his tone was incurious, manifesting no interest whatever.

    Harlequin and Columbine Booth Tarkington
  • She did not shudder nor exclaim; she only looked with quiet and incurious eyes.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
British Dictionary definitions for incurious


not curious; indifferent or uninterested
Derived Forms
incuriosity (ɪnˌkjʊərɪˈɒsɪtɪ), incuriousness, noun
incuriously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incurious

1560s, "negligent, heedless," from Latin incuriosus "careless, negligent, unconcerned," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + curiosus (see curious). Meaning "uninquisitive" is from 1610s. Objective sense of "unworthy of attention" is from 1747.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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