Definitions for curiousˈkyʊər i əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cu•ri•ousˈkyʊər i əs(adj.)

  1. eager to learn or know.

  2. taking an undue interest in others' affairs; prying.

  3. arousing attention or interest through being unusual or hard to explain; odd; strange; novel.

  4. Archaic. made or done skillfully or painstakingly. careful; fastidious. marked by intricacy or subtlety.

Origin of curious:

1275–1325; ME < L cūriōsus careful, inquisitive, prob. back formation from incūriōsus careless, der. of incūria carelessness


Princeton's WordNet

  1. curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular(adj)

    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

    "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior"

  2. curious(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"

  3. curious(adj)

    having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more

    "a trap door that made me curious"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. curious(adjective)ˈkyʊər i əs

    wanting to know

    As a child he was curious about the universe.; curious to find out what happened

  2. curiousˈkyʊər i əs

    strange and interesting; = odd

    a curious feeling of love and mistrust; The monkey looked at it curiously.; She had curiously disappeared.


  1. curious(Adjective)

    Fastidious, particular; demanding a high standard of excellence, difficult to satisfy.

  2. curious(Adjective)

    Inquisitive; tending to ask questions, investigate, or explore.

    Young children are naturally curious about the world and everything in it.

  3. curious(Adjective)

    Prompted by curiosity.

  4. curious(Adjective)

    unusual; odd; out of the ordinary; bizarre

    The platypus is a curious creature, with fur like a mammal and a beak like a bird.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curious(adj)

    difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact

  2. Curious(adj)

    exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill

  3. Curious(adj)

    careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; -- sometimes with after or of

  4. Curious(adj)

    exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare


  1. Curious

    Curious is a women's fragrance by Britney Spears for Elizabeth Arden, and is the first perfume to be endorsed by Britney Spears, preceding "Fantasy." Spears reportedly earned $52 million from the endorsement.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curious' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4126

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curious' in Adjectives Frequency: #554

Translations for curious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


strange; odd

a curious habit.

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