What does curiosity mean?

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

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.

    Etymology: From curiouseté, from curiositatem, from curiosus.

  2. curiosity(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From curiouseté, from curiositatem, from curiosus.

  3. curiosity(Noun)

    A unique or extraordinary object which arouses interest.

    He kept the strangely shaped rock as a curiosity.

    Etymology: From curiouseté, from curiositatem, from curiosus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curiosity(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  3. Curiosity(noun)

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

    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.

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. 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.

  2. Evelyn Waugh:

    Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.

  3. The Institute:

    There is hardly any book that is more overladen with such a multitude of myths, that awakens such disgust and anxiety, that ignites curiosity and stirs speculation, while simultaneously exuding an aura of the mysterious and forbidden.

  4. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    The secret of discovery begins with looking at the usual things with unusual curiosity.

  5. Akio Morita:

    Curiosity is the key to creativity.

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  • 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
  • تجسسUrdu
  • tò mòVietnamese

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