What does Curiosity mean?

Definitions for Curiosityˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Curiosity.

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


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. curiouste, curiosite, OF. curioset, curiosit, F. curiosit, fr. L. curiositas, fr. curiosus. See Curious, and cf. Curio.]


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Curiosity in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Curiosity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dorothy Parker:

    The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

  2. Lauren Scrudato:

    For a lot of people, curiosity is piqued, they are wondering' What are these soccer balls doing on the golf course ?'.

  3. Photographer Ken Hermann:

    (The flower sellers) woke my curiosity. But at that time, I didn't really have the time to do the project, and this idea just kind of stuck in my head for almost two years.

  4. Joe Daniels:

    It was a tremendous visit, and you could see in, really, both of their eyes, the sort of care and curiosity they had for the story of what happened and the people who died that day.

  5. Jim Bell:

    It will be a multi-year, hundreds of people effort to choose the landing site for 2020, there are lots of great places to go. The finalist sites for Curiosity are already listed for consideration.

Images & Illustrations of Curiosity

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Translations for Curiosity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • فُضُولArabic
  • maraqAzerbaijani
  • куриоз, любопитство, рядкост, любознателностBulgarian
  • kuriozita, zvědavostCzech
  • nysgerrighedDanish
  • Kuriosität, Kuriosum, Neugier, NeugierdeGerman
  • περιέργειαGreek
  • curiosidadSpanish
  • uudishimu, kurioosumEstonian
  • jakinminBasque
  • uteliaisuus, kuriositeettiFinnish
  • curiositéFrench
  • סקרנותHebrew
  • kiváncsiságHungarian
  • forvitniIcelandic
  • curiositàItalian
  • 好奇心, 珍奇Japanese
  • 호기심, 好奇心Korean
  • xemxwerî, hewes, tatol, çavzêlkî, balkêşî, tatêl, etir, mereqKurdish
  • cūriōsitāsLatin
  • smalsumas, žingeidumasLithuanian
  • ziņkārība, ziņkāreLatvian
  • mokamokai, mōkaikaiMāori
  • љубопитностMacedonian
  • curiositeit, nieuwsgierigheidDutch
  • nysgjerrighetNorwegian
  • ciekawostka, ciekawośćPolish
  • curiosidadePortuguese
  • curiozitateRomanian
  • пытливость, диковина, любопытство, любознательность, редкость, курьёзRussian
  • znatiželjnost, zanìmljivōst, ljubopitstvo, radoznalost, занѝмљиво̄ст, kuriozìtēt, радозналост, љубопитство, ljubopitnost, куриозѝте̄т, знатижељност, љубопитљивост, љубопитност, znatiželja, знатижеља, ljubopitljivostSerbo-Croatian
  • radovednostSlovene
  • kuriositet, nyfikenhetSwedish
  • కుతూహలంTelugu
  • tuhaflık, merak, ucûbe, meraklılıkTurkish
  • рідкість, дивина, цікавістьUkrainian
  • tò mòVietnamese

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