Definition of inquisitive in English:

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inquisitive

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv/

adjective

1Having or showing an interest in learning things; curious: his poems reveal an intensely inquisitive mind
More example sentences
  • This is one scientific journey that should interest those with an inquisitive mind.
  • I felt a calm but inquisitive interest in every thing.
  • I've always had an inquisitive mind about everything from flowers to television sets to motor cars.
1.1Unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying: I didn’t like to seem inquisitive
More example sentences
  • Alas, this didn't work, and concern grew as my enquirer's questions became more inquisitive and her manner increasingly flirtatious.
  • Being the inquisitive, nosy guy that I am, I wanted to know what they would show about the movie before I saw the finished product.
  • They were quite intrusive and loud, and also inquisitive.
Synonyms
curious, intrigued, interested, burning with curiosity, agog;
over-curious, over-interested, prying, spying, scrutinizing, eavesdropping, intrusive, interfering, busybody, meddling, meddlesome;
enquiring, questioning, probing
informal nosy, nosy-parker, snooping, snoopy
Scottish & Northern English  nebby
rare busy

Derivatives

inquisitively

Pronunciation: /inˈkwɪzɪtɪvli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • I paused to watch, and a few minutes later, several monkeys emerged from the dense forest and came to sit on a piece of dead wood jutting into the water, eyeing me up inquisitively.
  • You see, the ladies are quite fond of him - a few fans showed up at the store to inquisitively glance around for signs of his presence.
  • A tiny multicoloured parrot flew from shoulder to shoulder to peer at us inquisitively, while a small tame monkey searched for fleas in our hair.

inquisitiveness

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪvnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • This also helps foster inquisitiveness, curiosity, pragmatism in decision making, and creative thinking.
  • Good science requires intense inquisitiveness and intense curiosity.
  • Whilst not pleasant or acceptable behavior, this sounds more like adolescent experimentation and sexual inquisitiveness rather that really serious assault.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French inquisitif, -ive, from late Latin inquisitivus, from the verb inquirere (see enquire).

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