1275–1325; Middle English
< Latin cūriōsus
careful, inquisitive, equivalent to cūri-
(combining form of cūra
care) + -ōsus -ous.
curiously, adverbcuriousness, nounnoncurious, adjectivenoncuriously, adverbnoncuriousness, nounovercurious, adjectiveovercuriously, adverbovercuriousness, nounsupercurious, adjectivesupercuriously, adverbsupercuriousness, noununcurious, adjectiveuncuriously, adverb
inquiring, interested. 2.
spying, peeping. Curious, inquisitive, meddlesome, prying
refer to taking an undue (and petty) interest in others' affairs. Curious
implies a desire to know what is not properly one's concern: curious about a neighbor's habits. Inquisitive
implies asking impertinent questions in an effort to satisfy curiosity: inquisitive about a neighbor's habits. Meddlesome
implies thrusting oneself into and taking an active part in other people's affairs entirely unasked and unwelcomed: a meddlesome cousin who tries to run the affairs of a family. Prying
implies a meddlesome and persistent inquiring into others' affairs: a prying reporter inquiring into the secrets of a business firm. 3.
singular, novel, rare.