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cu·ri·ous

 (kyo͝or′ē-əs)
adj.
1. Eager to learn more: curious investigators; a trapdoor that made me curious.
2. Unduly inquisitive; prying: a curious neighbor always looking over the fence.
3. Arousing interest because of novelty or strangeness: a curious fact.
4. Archaic
a. Accomplished with skill or ingenuity.
b. Extremely careful; scrupulous or fastidious.

[Middle English, from Old French curios, from Latin cūriōsus, careful, inquisitive, from cūra, care; see cure.]

cu′ri·ous·ly adv.
cu′ri·ous·ness n.

curious

(ˈkjʊərɪəs)
adj
1. eager to learn; inquisitive
2. overinquisitive; prying
3. interesting because of oddness or novelty; strange; unexpected
4. rare (of workmanship, etc) highly detailed, intricate, or subtle
5. obsolete fastidious or hard to please
[C14: from Latin cūriōsus taking pains over something, from cūra care]
ˈcuriously adv
ˈcuriousness n

cu•ri•ous

(ˈkyʊər i əs)

adj.
1. eager to learn or know.
2. taking an undue interest in others' affairs; prying.
3. arousing attention or interest through being unusual or hard to explain; odd; strange; novel.
4. Archaic.
a. made or done skillfully or painstakingly.
b. careful; fastidious.
c. marked by intricacy or subtlety.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Latin cūriōsus careful, inquisitive, probably back formation from incūriōsus careless, derivative of incūria carelessness]
cu′ri•ous•ly, adv.
cu′ri•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.curious - beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
2.curious - eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); "a curious child is a teacher's delight"; "a trap door that made me curious"; "curious investigators"; "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"; "curious about the neighbor's doings"
inquiring - given to inquiry; "an inquiring mind"
incurious - showing absence of intellectual inquisitiveness or natural curiosity; "strangely incurious about the cause of the political upheaval surrounding them"
3.curious - having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more; "a trap door that made me curious"
interested - having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern; "an interested audience"; "interested in sports"; "was interested to hear about her family"; "interested in knowing who was on the telephone"; "interested spectators"

curious

adjective
1. inquisitive, interested, questioning, searching, inquiring, peering, puzzled, peeping, meddling, prying, snoopy (informal), nosy (informal) He was intensely curious about the world around him.
inquisitive indifferent, uninterested, incurious, uninquisitive
2. strange, unusual, bizarre, odd, novel, wonderful, rare, unique, extraordinary, puzzling, unexpected, exotic, mysterious, marvellous, peculiar, queer (informal), rum (Brit. slang), singular, unconventional, quaint, unorthodox A lot of curious things have happened here in the past few weeks. unusual common, ordinary, familiar, everyday

curious

adjective
1. Eager to acquire knowledge:
2. Unduly interested in the affairs of others:
Informal: nosy, snoopy.
3. Causing puzzlement; perplexing:
Translations
غَريبمُحِب للإستِطلاع ، مُهتَممُحِبٌّ لِلاسْتِطْلاع
zvědavýzvláštnípodivný
nysgerrigejendommeligmærkelig
uteliaserikoinen
znatiželjan
kíváncsi
forvitinn
知りたがる
호기심이 강한
keistaikeistenybėneįprastassmalsiaismalsumas
dīvainsneparastszinātkārsziņkārīgs
nenavadenradoveden
nyfiken
อยากรู้อยากเห็น
tò mò

curious

[ˈkjʊərɪəs] ADJ
1. (= inquisitive) → curioso
I'd be curious to knowtengo curiosidad por saberlo
she was curious about her sister's new boyfriendsentía curiosidad por conocer al nuevo novio de su hermana
"do you want to know for any special reason?" - "no, I'm just curious"-¿quieres saberlo por alguna razón especial? -no, sólo por curiosidad
2. (= strange) → curioso
it's curious that she didn't say whyes curioso que no dijese por qué
it's curious how we keep meeting each otheres curioso que siempre nos estemos encontrando

curious

[ˈkjʊəriəs] adj
(= inquisitive) [person] → curieux/euse
to be curious about sth → être curieux/euse à propos de qch
to be curious about sth
I'm curious about him
BUT Il m'intrigue.
to be curious to know sth → être curieux/euse de savoir qch
(= strange) [event, object] → curieux/euse

curious

adj
(= inquisitive)neugierig; I’m curious to know what he’ll doich bin mal gespannt, was er macht; I’m curious to know how he did itich bin neugierig zu erfahren, wie er das gemacht hat; I’d be curious to know how you got onich wüsste (ganz) gern, wie du zurechtgekommen bist; the neighbours were curious to know …die Nachbarn wollten (nur) zu gerne wissen; I’m curious about himich möchte gern mehr über ihn erfahren or herausfinden; why do you ask? — I’m just curiouswarum fragst du? — nur so
(= odd)sonderbar, seltsam, eigenartig; how curious!wie seltsam!; it’s curious the way he already knew thatsonderbar etc, dass er das schon gewusst hat

curious

[ˈkjʊərɪəs] adj
a. (inquisitive) → curioso/a
I'm curious about him → m'incuriosisce
I'd be curious to know → sarei curioso di sapere
b. (strange) → strano/a, curioso/a

curious

(ˈkjuəriəs) adjective
1. strange; odd. a curious habit.
2. anxious or interested (to learn). I'm curious (to find out) whether he passed his exams.
ˈcuriously adverb
ˌcuriˈosity (-ˈo-) plural ˌcuriˈosities noun
1. eagerness to learn. She was very unpopular because of her curiosity about other people's affairs.
2. something strange and rare. That old chair is quite a curiosity.

curious

مُحِبٌّ لِلاسْتِطْلاع zvědavý nysgerrig neugierig περίεργος curioso utelias curieux znatiželjan curioso 知りたがる 호기심이 강한 nieuwsgierig nysgjerrig ciekawy curioso любопытный nyfiken อยากรู้อยากเห็น meraklı tò mò 好奇的

curious

a. curioso-a, extraño-a.
References in classic literature ?
Well, they went to the bottom, and a nice mermaid welcomed them, but was much grieved on finding the box of headless knights, and kindly pickled them in brine, hoping to discover the mystery about them, for being a woman, she was curious.
The story of Doctor Reefy and his courtship of the tall dark girl who became his wife and left her money to him is a very curious story.
Wakefield Damon, who had a curious habit of "blessing" everything that happened to strike his fancy.
At a distance they could see the curious procession moving toward the wharf--the lovers, shoulder to shoulder, creeping; the lady in black, gaining steadily upon them; old Monsieur Farival, losing ground inch by inch, and a young barefooted Spanish girl, with a red kerchief on her head and a basket on her arm, bringing up the rear.
At a respectful distance from this unusual show, were gathered divers groups of curious idlers; some admiring the blood and bone of the high-mettled military charger, and others gazing at the preparations, with the dull wonder of vulgar curiosity.
Dick would have lingered on the highway--ostensibly to point out to his companions the new flume that had taken the place of the condemned ditch, but really in the hope of exposing himself in his glory to the curious eyes of the wayfaring world.
It was a curious, and, as some people thought, an ominous fact, that, very soon after the workmen began their operations, the spring of water, above mentioned, entirely lost the deliciousness of its pristine quality.
But what was still more curious, Flask--you know how curious all dreams are-- through all this rage that I was in, I somehow seemed to be thinking to myself, that after all, it was not much of an insult, that kick from ahab.
A curious and most puzzling question might be started concerning this visual matter as touching the Leviathan.
As we approached each other, I saw that he wore a plumed helmet, and seemed to be otherwise clothed in steel, but bore a curious addition also -- a stiff square garment like a herald's tabard.
The view, looking sheer down into the broad valley, eastward, from this great elevation--almost a perpendicular mile--was very quaint and curious.
Sometimes they were pictures of dark, curious landscapes, but oftenest they were portraits of men and women in queer, grand costumes made of satin and velvet.