Definition of curious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkjʊəriəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkjʊriəs//
    Showing interest
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  1. 1  curious (about something) | curious (to do something) having a strong desire to know about something synonym inquisitive They were very curious about the people who lived upstairs. I was curious to find out what she had said. Everyone was curious as to why Mark was leaving. He is such a curious boy, always asking questions. See related entries: Showing interest
  2. 2  curious (that…) strange and unusual There was a curious mixture of people in the audience. It was a curious feeling, as though we were floating on air. It was curious that she didn't tell anyone.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French curios, from Latin curiosus ‘careful’, from cura ‘care’. Sense (2) dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples Her secretive manner had made me curious. I find it very curious that you did not tell anyone. I was curious about how she would react. I was intensely curious to know more about him. I’m just curious to know what you think. Puppies are naturally curious. She coped with the frankly curious looks of the men. She was curious as to why he was there. The wine tasted rather curious. a slightly curious statement. It was curious that she didn’t tell anyone. They were curious about the people who lived upstairs.
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