- 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 inquīsītīvus, from Latin inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.
(comparative more inquisitive, superlative most inquisitive)