Definition of curious in English:

curious

Line breaks: curi|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərɪəs
 
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adjective

1Eager to know or learn something: I began to be curious about the whereabouts of the bride and groom she was curious to know what had happened
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  • I would be curious to know what presumption others think is the most reasonable.
  • Besides, I was curious to know how I'd react to a complete and prolonged break from both the Internet and from writing.
  • Having no expertise in either, I would be curious to know answers.
1.1Expressing curiosity: a curious stare
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  • You stare, catching curious glances, searching for recognition, but they're calm as cows.
  • No doubt they had to answer many questions from very curious and interested pupils.
  • So 700 curious faces stared me down from head to toe as I walked up to the podium.
Synonyms
inquisitive, intrigued, interested, eager to know, dying to know, burning with curiosity, agog;
perplexed, puzzled, baffled, mystified
informal nosy, nosy-parker, snoopy
2Strange; unusual: a curious sensation overwhelmed her
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  • The haircut is merely the latest stage in his curious and unusual battle to avoid overexposure.
  • Relative strangers offer up curious nuggets of information, like cinder toffee.
  • The best illustration of this strange reversal is the curious fate of the Downing Street memo.
Synonyms
Frenchoutré;
Scottish unco
informal off the wall, wacky
British informal rum
North American informal wacko
2.1 euphemistic (Of books) erotic or pornographic.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French curios, from Latin curiosus 'careful', from cura 'care'. sense 2 dates from the early 18th century.

Derivatives

curiously

adverb
[sentence adverb]: curiously, I find snooker riveting
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  • The only weak act, curiously, was the only traditional one in the entire show - the trapeze.
  • Even more curiously, it seems bottles of water sold inside the Bowl can't hurt bands if you throw them.
  • In some quarters he was regarded, curiously, as a greater composer than Beethoven.

curiousness

noun
More example sentences
  • I won't go into the curiousness of this fact alone.
  • Then she was a mixture of curiousness and intrigue.
  • I raised an eyebrow in curiousness and he rolled his eyes.

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