Definitions for Curiosityˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cu•ri•os•i•tyˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.

  2. a curious, rare, or novel thing.

  3. a strange, curious, or interesting quality.

  4. Archaic. carefulness; fastidiousness.

Origin of curiosity:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. curiosity, wonder(noun)

    a state in which you want to learn more about something

  2. curio, curiosity, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity(noun)

    something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. curiosity(noun)ˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti

    the feeling or quality of wanting to know

    a child's natural curiosity; full of curiosity about life

  2. curiosityˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti

    as a result of curiosity

    I'd never gone before, so I went out of curiosity.


  1. curiosity(Noun)

    Careful, delicate construction; fine workmanship, delicacy of building.

  2. curiosity(Noun)

    Inquisitiveness; the tendency to ask learn about things by asking questions, investigating, or exploring.

  3. curiosity(Noun)

    A unique or extraordinary object which arouses interest.

    He kept the strangely shaped rock as a curiosity.

  4. Origin: From curiouseté, from curiositatem, from curiosus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curiosity(noun)

    the state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration

  2. Curiosity(noun)

    disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness

  3. Curiosity(noun)

    that which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward attention


  1. Curiosity

    Curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species. The term can also be used to denote the behavior itself being caused by the emotion of curiosity. As this emotion represents a thirst for knowledge, curiosity is a major driving force behind scientific research and other disciplines of human study.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. curiosity

    1. A gulf that swallows gods, men, creeds, matter, worlds, philosophies. 2. A peephole in the brain through which one sees the pomp and ceremony of the Absurd. 3. A monstrous antenna that feels its way through matter and mind, and founders in the Infinite. 4. At its lowest, the instinct that boosts us up to peep over our neighbor's transom, symboled by a knot-hole.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Curiosity' in Nouns Frequency: #2687

Translations for Curiosity

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


eagerness to learn

She was very unpopular because of her curiosity about other people's affairs.

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