An example of curious is a child snooping through the attic to find out what his parents bought him for his birthday.
- eager to learn or know
- unnecessarily inquisitive; prying
- arousing attention or interest because unusual or strange; odd
- Rare highly detailed, as in workmanship; elaborate
- Obs. fastidious
Origin of curiousMiddle English ; from Old French curios ; from Classical Latin curiosus, careful, diligent, curious; akin to cura, care: see cure
- Eager to learn more: curious investigators; a trapdoor that made me curious.
- Unduly inquisitive; prying: a curious neighbor always looking over the fence.
- Arousing interest because of novelty or strangeness: a curious fact.
- Archaic a. Accomplished with skill or ingenuity.b. Extremely careful; scrupulous or fastidious.
Origin of curiousMiddle English, from Old French curios, from Latin c&umacron;ri&omacron;sus, careful, inquisitive, from c&umacron;ra, care; see cure.
(comparative curiouser or more curious, superlative curiousest or most curious)
- little curious in her clothes
- Inquisitive; tending to ask questions, investigate, or explore.
- Young children are naturally curious about the world and everything in it.
- Prompted by curiosity.
- Unusual; odd; out of the ordinary; bizarre.
- The platypus is a curious creature, with fur like a mammal and a beak like a bird.