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



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwɪzətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkwɪzətɪv//
    Showing interest
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  1. 1(disapproving) asking too many questions and trying to find out about what other people are doing, etc. synonym curious Don't be so inquisitive. It's none of your business!
  2. 2very interested in learning about many different things synonym enquiring an inquisitive mind See related entries: Showing interest
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French inquisitif, -ive, from late Latin inquisitivus, from the verb inquirere (based on quaerere ‘seek’).Extra examples We try not to be too inquisitive about what he’s doing. a highly inquisitive mind Don’t be so inquisitive! It’s none of your business. His inquisitive nature finally got the better of him. The young man possessed a sharp and inquisitive mind.
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