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Line breaks: curi|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərɪəs

Definition of curious in English:


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.
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.
Scottish unco
informal off the wall, wacky
British informal rum
North American informal wacko
2.1 euphemistic (Of books) erotic or pornographic.


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



[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.


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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