What does curiosity mean?

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

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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.

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  

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. Monique Damiano:

    Most of the reaction that we’re getting from violators is more of a curiosity.

  2. John Locke:

    Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.

  3. Jeff Ashton:

    While I indulged my curiosity about the site, it never went beyond that, these were incredibly stupid choices. I ask for the public's forgiveness for my shortcomings, but those choices have had absolutely no impact on the performance of my official duties. I regret that I have given ammunition to those who seek to discredit the work our office does. I am proud of the work, and what we've accomplished thus far, but today I'm not very proud of myself.

  4. Nicholas Chow:

    A lot of collectors in Asia are still consigned to one area of collecting, such as Chinese painting, and with 'Curiosity,' we're trying to promote a more eclectic style of collecting and encourage collectors to be more sensitive to antiquities, say, or African art.

  5. Kim Jong:

    I wondered how they felt when holding hands, and now my curiosity has been satisfied.

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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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something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
  • A. cycling
  • B. temptation
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