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[in-kwahyuh r-ing] /ɪnˈkwaɪər ɪŋ/
seeking facts, information, or knowledge:
an inquiring mind.
curious; probing; inquisitive in seeking facts:
an inquiring reporter.
scrutinizing; questioning:
He looked at his father with inquiring eyes.
Origin of inquiring
1595-1605; inquire + -ing2
Related forms
inquiringly, adverb
noninquiring, adjective
noninquiringly, adverb
uninquiring, adjective Unabridged
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  • The speaker tittered as Ramsey inquiringly extended her arms out forward and crossed her wrists.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • The boy at her side Polly had never spoken with, but now she turned to him inquiringly.

  • Seeing the high indifference of this small, bristling stranger, the ram stepped up and was just about to sniff at him inquiringly.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He looked at her inquiringly, caught the direction of her stabbing finger.

    The Moon is Green Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • A tall youth emerged from the dusk and looked at them inquiringly.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • She stopped and Moore, pencil poised, looked at her inquiringly.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • She looked at him gravely and inquiringly, as if in search of help.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • He lay still until his daughter came in and glanced at him inquiringly.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • "Go on off—I don't want nothing of yuh," he admonished the horse, which turned and looked at him inquiringly.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
  • Phil pushed his way inside and looked about him inquiringly.

British Dictionary definitions for inquiringly


seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etc: an inquiring mind
Derived Forms
inquiringly, adverb
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