If you are inquisitive that means you love to inquire; you’re always asking questions. Don’t become a private detective if you don’t have an inquisitive personality.

The old word for question is query, which you can hear in inquire, which means to ask questions. That toddler always asking “why?” is going through an inquisitive stage of development. If someone throws relentlessly hard questions at us, we might call it an inquisition. If your daughter brings her boyfriend home to dinner, be gently inquisitive, but try not to turn it into an inquisition. You'll just make him nervous.

Definitions of inquisitive

adj inquiring or appearing to inquire

“the police are proverbially inquisitive
given to inquiry

adj showing curiosity

“if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive
questioning, speculative, wondering
eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)