Definition of incurious in English:



  • Not eager to know something; lacking curiosity.

    ‘as for who had written it, she was oddly incurious’
    • ‘Discussions of the American alliance in this volume, and our economic and cultural bonds therein, are in general incurious, dogmatic and one-dimensional.’
    • ‘How do you render them incurious and intellectually languid, with only nervous energy and shallow greed to fill the mental vacuum?’
    • ‘What about that curiously incurious cadaver, the body politic?’
    • ‘She was an undemanding friend, ready to listen with attention, whereas I was incurious about her, perhaps assuming that since she was so young, she had nothing to teach me about books or life, an idea which seemed terribly sad years later.’
    • ‘In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious.’
    • ‘But his description of an incurious, scripted president is the most interesting.’
    • ‘Between them sits another figure, less traditional, less incurious.’
    • ‘And they aren't stupid, just very religious, incurious and unwilling to take the time to research a view that goes against their ideology.’
    • ‘It helps that he's a nice, if not too clever, guy and his wife is incurious.’
    • ‘I began wondering what kind of civilization could be rich enough to build a star-ship, free enough to allow it to be in private hands, incurious enough to only build one.’
    • ‘The film is fundamentally incurious about the real, complex lives of the individuals involved and the modern footage, with its cheesy home-video effects, is disappointing to say the least.’
    • ‘In addition to the adviser's name and some information about the construction of the language, I'd still like to understand why the journalists involved are so incurious about the details of this aspect of the movie.’
    • ‘I hated how it was brainwashing a generation of bright and well-intentioned children, transforming them into a ghettoized and incurious suburban middle-class.’
    • ‘His cellmates seemed incurious as to how an elderly British pensioner had found himself in prison and Bond was in no mood to enlighten them.’
    • ‘Neither had anything to declare, as they walked, on different afternoons, nonchalantly past the incurious customs officials in the way one might walk down the marriage aisle if all the guests on either side were asleep.’
    • ‘Maria Full of Grace, on the other hand, is pretty incurious about Maria's position in the drug trade's macro-economics.’
    • ‘The idea that happiness is desire-satisfaction seems suitably neutral on the content of happy lives, allowing happiness to the intellectual and the incurious alike as long as they are getting what they desire.’
    • ‘In fact, it's sometimes incurious about his life and work, concentrating rather on the mix of fragments, whispers and urban myths that have arisen about Pynchon, due to his aversion to being photographed or interviewed.’
    • ‘The generalisation is so sweeping, so incurious, and so final that it is utterly meaningless.’
    • ‘Tom is, at heart, afraid of the world, suspicious, ego-driven, incurious, and rigid.’
    uninterested, indifferent, unconcerned, unmoved, unresponsive, impassive, passive, detached, unfeeling, uncaring, unenthusiastic, lukewarm, bored, apathetic, blasé, nonchalant
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘careless’): partly from Latin incuriosus ‘careless, indifferent’, from in- ‘not’ + Latin curiosus ‘careful’ (see curious); partly from in- ‘not’ + curious.