The definition of inquisitive is showing curiosity, or being eager to acquire information.
A reporter who is always asking questions is an example of someone who is inquisitive.
- inclined to ask many questions or seek information; eager to learn
- asking more questions than is necessary or proper; prying
Origin of inquisitiveMiddle English enquesitif ; from Old French inquisitif ; from Late Latin inquisitivus ; from Classical Latin inquisitus, past participle of inquirere: see inquire
- Inclined to investigate; eager for knowledge: inquisitive investigators.
- Unduly curious and inquiring: “You will have privacy without inquisitive visitors and intrusive medical assessments” (Elisabeth Noble).
Origin of inquisitiveMiddle English inquisitif, from Old French, from Late Latin inqu&imacron;s&imacron;t&imacron;vus, from Latin inqu&imacron;s&imacron;tus, past participle of inqu&imacron;rere, to inquire; see inquire.
(comparative more inquisitive, superlative most inquisitive)