What does Curious mean?

Definitions for Curious
ˈkyʊər i əsCu·ri·ous

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singularadjective

    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. curiousadjective

    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. curiousadjective

    having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more

    "a trap door that made me curious"


  1. curiousadjective

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

  2. curiousadjective

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

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

  3. curiousadjective

    Prompted by curiosity.

  4. curiousadjective

    unusual; odd; out of the ordinary; bizarre

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CURIOUSadjective

    Etymology: curiosus, Latin.

    Be not curious in unnecessary matters; for more things are shewn unto thee than men understand. Ecclus. iii. 23.

    Even then to them the spirit of lyes suggests,
    That they were blind, because they saw not ill;
    And breath’d into their uncorrupted breasts
    A curious wish, which did corrupt their will. Davies.

    It is pity a gentleman so very curious after things that were elegant and beautiful, should not have been as curious as to their origin, their uses, and their natural history. John Woodward.

    Then thus a senior of the place replies,
    Well read, and curious of antiquities. John Dryden, Fables.

    ’Till Arrianism had made it a matter of great sharpness and subtlety of wit to be a sound believing Christian, men were not curious what syllables or particles of speech they used. Hook.

    A temperate person is not curious of fancies and deliciousness; he thinks not much, and speaks not often of meat and drink. Taylour.

    Both these senses embrace their objects at greater distance, with more variety, and with a more curious discrimation, than the other sense. William Holder.

    A vaile obscur’d the sunshine of her eyes,
    The rose within herself her sweetness closed;
    Each ornament about her seemly lies,
    By curious chance, or careless art, composed. Edward Fairfax, b. ii.

    Understanding to devise curious works, to work in gold. Ex.

    For curious I cannot be with you,
    Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curiousadjective

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

  2. Curiousadjective

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

  3. Curiousadjective

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

  4. Curiousadjective

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curious

    kū′ri-us, adj. anxious to learn: inquisitive: showing great care or nicety: skilfully made: singular: rare.—n. Curios′ity, state or quality of being curious: inquisitiveness: that which is curious: anything rare or unusual.—adv. Cū′riously.—n. Cū′riousness.—Curious arts (B.), magical practices. [Fr. curieux—L. curiosuscura.]

Editors Contribution

  1. curious

    Eager to know and learn from each other.

    We are naturally curious and therefore love to interact with other people.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Curious in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Curious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Curious in a Sentence

  1. Carol Runyan:

    Children are curious and, even if told repeatedly to stay away from guns that they encounter,( they) can not be counted on not to continue to explore.

  2. Christina Zaske:

    I looked inside, mostly because I was curious to see an actual telegram.

  3. Louis Adamic:

    From Mount Hollywood, Los Angeles looks rather nice, enveloped in a haze of changing colors. Actually, and in spite of all the healthful sunshine and ocean breezes, it is a bad place - full of old, dying people, who were born old of tired pioneer parents, victims of America - full of curious wild and poisonous growths, decadent religious cults and fake science, and wildcat enterprises, which, with their aim for quick profit, are doomed to collapse and drag down multitudes of people.

  4. Oswald Chambers:

    A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.


    ziggy marley got the name- ziggy- from the way I used to kick the soccer ball and make it spin in mid air in a curviliner fashion. I was the one who showed his father- bob marley- how this was done. I can show anyone how this is done to prove my point. bob was fascinated by a lot of things I taught him. he was very curious.

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. defiant
    • B. ultimo
    • C. occlusive
    • D. proprietary

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