curious

If you’re curious, you really want to know something — like the secret ingredient that makes these cookies so crunchy. You may wish you hadn’t been so curious when you find out it’s roasted crickets.

Curious describes someone who is eager to find out answers and to explore and learn. A curious student asks lots of questions. A curious little monkey, like the famous Curious George from the children’s book series, may be so curious to know how a clock works that he breaks it trying to get a closer look inside. Curious can also describe something unusual, like a house that is painted a curious shade of purple.

Primary Meanings of curious

1.
adj
eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)
2.
adj
beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
Full Definitions of curious
1

adj eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)

“a curious child is a teacher's delight”
“a trap door that made me curious
curious investigators”
“traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers”
curious about the neighbor's doings”
Synonyms:
inquisitive, questioning, speculative, wondering
showing curiosity
nosey, nosy, prying, snoopy
offensively curious or inquisitive
overcurious
showing excessive curiosity
inquiring
given to inquiry
Antonyms:
incurious
showing absence of intellectual inquisitiveness or natural curiosity
uninterested
having no care or interest in knowing
uninquiring, uninquisitive
deficient in curiosity
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adj having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more

“a trap door that made me curious
Synonyms:
interested
having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern
2

adj beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

“a curious hybrid accent”
Synonyms:
funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular
strange, unusual
being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

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