What does curiosity mean?

Definitions for curiosity
ˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ticu·rios·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curiosity, wondernoun

    a state in which you want to learn more about something

  2. curio, curiosity, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, raritynoun

    something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting


  1. curiositynoun

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

  2. curiositynoun

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

  3. curiositynoun

    A unique or extraordinary object which arouses interest.

    He kept the strangely shaped rock as a curiosity.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Curiositynoun

    Etymology: from curious.

    When thou wast in thy gilt, and thy perfume, they mockt thee for too much curiosity; in thy rags thou knowest none, but art despised for the contrary. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Qualities are so weighed, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either’s moiety. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Our eyes and senses, however armed or assisted, are too gross to discern the curiosity of the workmanship of nature. John Ray, on the Creation.

    There hath been practised also a curiosity, to set a tree upon the north-side of a wall, and, at a little height, to draw it through the wall, and spread it upon the south-side; conceiving that the root and lower part of the stock should enjoy the freshness of the shade, and the upper boughs and fruit, the comfort of the sun; but it sorted not. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    We took a ramble together to see the curiosities of this great town. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 47.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curiositynoun

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

  2. Curiositynoun

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

  3. Curiositynoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. curiosity

    The act and quality of being curious

    Curiosity is a beautiful quality to see in a child, it show they are motivated to learn and must be encouraged and stimulated

    Submitted by MaryC on February 4, 2021  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of curiosity in a Sentence

  1. Eddie Hearn:

    This is such a huge occasion for boxing, an iconic moment, with the response that we've seen, mainly good and some negative, I guarantee you with curiosity the whole world will be watching this fight.

  2. Jim Green:

    In the grandest tradition of exploration, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has once again blazed a trail, showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.

  4. Kim Jong:

    It is much more realistic to actually see it here, i wondered how they felt when holding hands, and now my curiosity has been satisfied.

  5. Clarence Birdseye:

    Go around asking a lot of damfool questions and taking chances. Only through curiosity can we discover opportunities, and only by gambling can we take advantage of them.

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  • فُضُولArabic
  • maraqAzerbaijani
  • куриоз, любознателност, любопитство, рядкостBulgarian
  • zvědavost, kuriozitaCzech
  • nysgerrighedDanish
  • Kuriosität, Neugierde, Neugier, KuriosumGerman
  • περιέργειαGreek
  • curiosidadSpanish
  • uudishimu, kurioosumEstonian
  • jakinminBasque
  • kuriositeetti, uteliaisuusFinnish
  • curiositéFrench
  • סקרנותHebrew
  • kiváncsiságHungarian
  • forvitniIcelandic
  • curiositàItalian
  • 珍奇, 好奇心Japanese
  • ಕುತೂಹಲKannada
  • 호기심, 好奇心Korean
  • tatol, balkêşî, çavzêlkî, tatêl, etir, xemxwerî, hewes, mereqKurdish
  • cūriōsitāsLatin
  • žingeidumas, smalsumasLithuanian
  • ziņkārība, ziņkāreLatvian
  • mokamokai, mōkaikaiMāori
  • љубопитностMacedonian
  • nieuwsgierigheid, curiositeitDutch
  • nysgjerrighetNorwegian
  • ciekawostka, ciekawośćPolish
  • curiosidadePortuguese
  • curiozitateRomanian
  • любознательность, редкость, любопытство, пытливость, курьёз, диковинаRussian
  • знатижеља, znatiželjnost, znatiželja, ljubopitljivost, љубопитност, ljubopitstvo, љубопитљивост, знатижељност, куриозѝте̄т, ljubopitnost, zanìmljivōst, radoznalost, занѝмљиво̄ст, љубопитство, радозналост, kuriozìtētSerbo-Croatian
  • radovednostSlovene
  • nyfikenhet, kuriositetSwedish
  • కుతూహలంTelugu
  • meraklılık, tuhaflık, merak, ucûbeTurkish
  • дивина, рідкість, цікавістьUkrainian
  • تجسسUrdu
  • tò mòVietnamese
  • 好奇心Chinese

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  • Adria Sorensen
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    Curiosity killed the cat, but conforming killed the cow.
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