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curious

[kyoor-ee-uhs]
adjective
1.
eager to learn or know; inquisitive.
2.
prying; meddlesome.
3.
arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange: a curious sort of person; a curious scene.
4.
Archaic.
a.
made or prepared skillfully.
b.
done with painstaking accuracy or attention to detail: a curious inquiry.
c.
careful; fastidious.
d.
marked by intricacy or subtlety.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Latin cūriōsus careful, inquisitive, equivalent to cūri- (combining form of cūra care) + -ōsus -ous. See cure

curiously, adverb
curiousness, noun
noncurious, adjective
noncuriously, adverb
noncuriousness, noun
overcurious, adjective
overcuriously, adverb
overcuriousness, noun
supercurious, adjective
supercuriously, adverb
supercuriousness, noun
uncurious, adjective
uncuriously, adverb


1. 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.


1, 2. indifferent.
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curious (ˈkjʊərɪəs)
 
adj
1.  eager to learn; inquisitive
2.  overinquisitive; prying
3.  interesting because of oddness or novelty; strange; unexpected
4.  rare (of workmanship, etc) highly detailed, intricate, or subtle
5.  obsolete fastidious or hard to please
 
[C14: from Latin cūriōsus taking pains over something, from cūra care]
 
'curiously
 
adv
 
'curiousness
 
n

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curious
mid-14c., "eager to know" (often in a bad sense), from L. curiosus "careful, diligent, curious," akin to cura "care." The objective sense of "exciting curiosity" is 1715. In booksellers' catalogues, the word means "erotic, pornographic." Curiouser and curiouser is from "Alice in Wonderland" (1865).
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