Definitions for inquisitiveɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•quis•i•tiveɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. given to inquiry or research; eager for knowledge; curious.

  2. unduly curious; prying.

Origin of inquisitive:

1350–1400; ME inquisitif < MF < LL inquīsītīvus <inquīrere; see inquire


Princeton's WordNet

  1. inquisitive, speculative, questioning, wondering(a)(adj)

    showing curiosity

    "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"

  2. inquisitive(adj)

    inquiring or appearing to inquire

    "an inquiring look"; "the police are proverbially inquisitive"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inquisitive(adjective)ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv

    eager to find new information; = curious

    an inquisitive young woman


  1. inquisitive(Adjective)

    Eager to acquire knowledge.

  2. inquisitive(Adjective)

    Too curious; overly interested; nosy.

  3. Origin: Late 14th Century, from Old French: inquisitif, from Late Latin: inquisitivus, from Latin: inquisitus, past participle of inquirere, also see: inquire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inquisitive(adj)

    disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer

  2. Inquisitive(adj)

    given to examination, investigation, or research; searching; curious

  3. Inquisitive(noun)

    a person who is inquisitive; one curious in research

Translations for inquisitive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


eager to find out about other people's affairs

He was rather inquisitive about the cost of our house; inquisitive neighbours.

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