- The definition of curious is eager to know or learn.
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
- Obsolete fastidious
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French curios ; from Classical Latin curiosus, careful, diligent, curious; akin to cura, care: see cure
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- Eager to learn more: curious investigators; a trapdoor that made me curious.
- Unduly inquisitive; prying.
- Arousing interest because of novelty or strangeness: a curious fact.
- Archaic a. Accomplished with skill or ingenuity.b. Extremely careful; scrupulous.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French curios, from Latin cūriōsus, careful, inquisitive, from cūra, care; see cure.
- cuˈri·ous·ly adverb
- cuˈri·ous·ness noun