curiosity

Curiosity is the urge you feel to know more about something. If you find a diary in a coffee shop, curiosity will make you want to look inside — but respect for the writer's privacy may convince you not to.

Curiosity is the state of being curious: inquisitive, wondering, ready to poke around and figure something out. The word used to mean "very, very careful," and only in the last few hundred years turned into a word expressing the desire to know more. Maybe that's because when you're poking around in secret business, you need to be very, very careful. We also call weird things curiosities, like a phone shaped like a duck, or a shark in a jar.

Definitions of curiosity
  1. noun
    a state in which you want to learn more about something
    synonyms: wonder
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    desire to know, lust for learning, thirst for knowledge
    curiosity that motivates investigation and study
    interest, involvement
    a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
    curiousness, inquisitiveness
    a state of active curiosity
    enthusiasm
    a lively interest
    concern
    something that interests you because it is important or affects you
    nosiness, prying, snoopiness
    offensive inquisitiveness
    type of:
    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
  2. noun
    something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
    synonyms: curio, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity
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    bric-a-brac, knickknack, knickknackery, nicknack, whatnot
    miscellaneous curios
    collectable, collectible
    things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
    collector's item, piece de resistance, showpiece
    the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection
    chachka, tchotchke, tsatske, tshatshke
    (Yiddish) an inexpensive showy trinket
    rariora
    (plural) rare collector's items
    type of:
    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
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