inquisitive

[in-kwiz-i-tiv]
adjective
1.
given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
2.
unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.
noun
3.
an inquisitive person: thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Late Latin inquīsītīvus, equivalent to Latin inquīsīt(us) (see inquisition) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English inquisitif < Middle French < Late Latin, as above

inquisitively, adverb
inquisitiveness, noun
superinquisitive, adjective
superinquisitively, adverb
superinquisitiveness, noun
uninquisitive, adjective
uninquisitively, adverb
uninquisitiveness, noun


2. See curious.


1, 2. uninterested.
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inquisitive (ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv)
 
adj
1.  excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
2.  eager to learn; inquiring
 
in'quisitively
 
adv
 
in'quisitiveness
 
n

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inquisitive
late 14c., from O.Fr. inquisitif, from L.L. inquisitivus "making inquiry," from L. inquisitus, pp. of inquirere (see inquire).
"An housbonde shal nat been Inquisityf of goddes pryuetee nor of his wyf." [Chaucer, "Miller's Prologue"]
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Example sentences
Several persons crowded inquisitively into the doorway.
Inquisitively, he wriggled his foot against the thing.
And this realization compels us to scan it the more inquisitively.
She looked at me inquisitively but didn't say anything.
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