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’
    • ‘The book makes for enjoyable reading not just for children, but for the inquisitive and curious adult as well.’
    • ‘Are you curious to know what they've been up to for the last 23 years?’
    • ‘Half of me scoffed at the contrivance - the other half was curious to know more.’
    • ‘I would be curious to know what presumption others think is the most reasonable.’
    • ‘The gentlemen will be green with envy, and wildly curious to know where I have found you from.’
    • ‘Having no expertise in either, I would be curious to know answers.’
    • ‘I was curious to know what had made him who he was and why everything seemed far beneath him.’
    • ‘She closed the door behind him and watched, curious to know who would do this.’
    • ‘I wondered if there was a history behind all this and was very curious to know what happened.’
    • ‘Besides, I was curious to know how I'd react to a complete and prolonged break from both the Internet and from writing.’
    • ‘One is always curious to know what's in the mind of the youngsters who are just out of school but still thinking of a career in law.’
    • ‘Seeing her eyes unwavering, he was curious to know what had brought such a change in her attitude.’
    • ‘I have never heard of a concept like this before, and am curious to know more.’
    • ‘A majority of the participants were curious to know as to what prompted him to accept the role.’
    • ‘I'm curious to know what others think about the current pop culture depiction of human machines.’
    • ‘At any rate, I'm intrigued and am curious if my intrigue is justified.’
    • ‘You come curious to know if he is another young manager on a hot streak or if he has more than that.’
    • ‘A lot of us are curious to know exactly what the navy has been told to do.’
    • ‘Your editorial today is the best I have read so far, and I will be curious to know what kind of response you get to it.’
    • ‘What would he have made of it, this endlessly questing, insatiably curious man of the steppes?’
    eager, excited, impatient, in suspense, on tenterhooks, on the edge of one's seat, on pins and needles, keen, anxious, longing
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    1. 1.1 Expressing curiosity.
      ‘a curious stare’
      • ‘When she finally came out from hiding, she met the stares of three very curious people.’
      • ‘No doubt they had to answer many questions from very curious and interested pupils.’
      • ‘I suddenly felt their curious stares burn into the back of my head.’
      • ‘Her face was the epitome of stoicism, though her eyes were curious and bright with interest.’
      • ‘Together we were drawing some very curious stares from the locals at the restaurant.’
      • ‘Her big blue, curious eyes stared over the other side, wondering what the new day would bring.’
      • ‘When she opened her eyes again, she felt the curious stare of the girl next to her.’
      • ‘He tossed the little towel to a little basket and looked at the girl that was staring at him with curious eyes.’
      • ‘Emerging into daylight, they are the subject of curious stares from passers-by.’
      • ‘Michael kept staring at me a curious look in his eyes as to what my response was to all this information.’
      • ‘I suspect I'll be treated as mildly eccentric and get a few curious questions from people I know who may have read the article.’
      • ‘I stumbled after him, highly aware of the curious stares we were receiving.’
      • ‘Many Bangaloreans who have seen her on the programme stop her on the streets and make curious enquiries.’
      • ‘She didn't realise she was holding his hand for so long, and that people were beginning to give them curious stares.’
      • ‘You stare, catching curious glances, searching for recognition, but they're calm as cows.’
      • ‘She couldn't help but notice the curious stares she received from the people around her.’
      • ‘Her bright blue eyes were curious and she stared at Sara with something similar to jealousy.’
      • ‘So 700 curious faces stared me down from head to toe as I walked up to the podium.’
      • ‘Both ignored the curious stares thrown their way as they rushed towards their science class.’
      • ‘Passersby stared at her with curious expressions, wondering what was the matter.’
      inquisitive, intrigued, interested, eager to know, dying to know, burning with curiosity, agog
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  • 2Strange; unusual.

    ‘a curious sensation overwhelmed her’
    • ‘Even if we were not plagued by these curious and unusual defects of English, Paul would still be hard to understand.’
    • ‘I love stony beaches the best, and love searching amongst the pebbles for those of a curious shape or an unusual colour.’
    • ‘It was the most curious sensation to know she was about to die, and not care.’
    • ‘However, we have to note something strange and curious about film canons.’
    • ‘Talk of the election at work yesterday ranged from the curious to the bizarre.’
    • ‘This made for a curious arrangement over which the Celtic boss was criticised.’
    • ‘The next morning, I tiptoed up to the tank, only to discover a strange and curious sight.’
    • ‘The voice is Kelly's throughout, down to the lack of punctuation, eccentric spellings and curious syntax.’
    • ‘It was a curious remark to make for one who dreamed of emulating Alexander the Great.’
    • ‘I find it curious that if I am overwhelmed by emotion, I stumble over words in English.’
    • ‘Continue to look at them and their placid, inoffensive appearance draws you in with a curious and unexpected power.’
    • ‘A curious night then followed in which several strange synchronicities happened.’
    • ‘If this hypothesis should be mistaken, there still remains a curious mystery here.’
    • ‘Relative strangers offer up curious nuggets of information, like cinder toffee.’
    • ‘This is just one of an extraordinary sequence of curious encounters between orcas and divers in the waters off New Zealand.’
    • ‘The haircut is merely the latest stage in his curious and unusual battle to avoid overexposure.’
    • ‘The best illustration of this strange reversal is the curious fate of the Downing Street memo.’
    • ‘She felt nothing at all but a curious tingling sensation in the left side of her face.’
    • ‘Another curious difference is that tartrate levels are very high in grape flowers.’
    • ‘One curious anomaly is electric pitch trim mounted on the panel rather than the yoke.’
    strange, odd, peculiar, funny, unusual, bizarre, weird, eccentric, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, out of the ordinary, atypical, anomalous, untypical, different, out of the way, surprising, incongruous, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, inexplicable, irregular, singular, offbeat, unconventional, unorthodox, outlandish, off-centre, aberrant, freak, freakish, deviant
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    1. 2.1euphemistic (of books) erotic or pornographic.


Middle English: from Old French curios, from Latin curiosus ‘careful’, from cura ‘care’. curious (sense 2) dates from the early 18th century.