inquisitive


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in·quis·i·tive

 (ĭn-kwĭz′ĭ-tĭv)
adj.
1. Inclined to investigate; eager for knowledge: inquisitive investigators.
2. Unduly curious and inquiring: "You will have privacy without inquisitive visitors and intrusive medical assessments" (Elisabeth Noble).

[Middle English inquisitif, from Old French, from Late Latin inquīsītīvus, from Latin inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.]

in·quis′i·tive·ly adv.
in·quis′i·tive·ness n.

inquisitive

(ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv)
adj
1. excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
2. eager to learn; inquiring
inˈquisitively adv
inˈquisitiveness n

in•quis•i•tive

(ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv)

adj.
1. given to inquiry or research; eager for knowledge; curious.
2. unduly curious; prying.
[1350–1400; Middle English inquisitif < Middle French < Late Latin inquīsītīvus <inquīrere; see inquire]
in•quis′i•tive•ly, adv.
in•quis′i•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inquisitive - showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"
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"
2.inquisitive - inquiring or appearing to inquire; "an inquiring look"; "the police are proverbially inquisitive"
inquiring - given to inquiry; "an inquiring mind"

inquisitive

adjective curious, questioning, inquiring, peering, probing, intrusive, prying, snooping (informal), scrutinizing, snoopy (informal), nosy (informal), nosy-parkering (informal) Bears are very inquisitive and must be kept constantly stimulated.
indifferent, unconcerned, uninterested, apathetic, unquestioning, incurious

inquisitive

adjective
1. Unduly interested in the affairs of others:
Informal: nosy, snoopy.
2. Eager to acquire knowledge:
Translations
فُضُولِيٌّمُحِب للإسْتِطْلاع، فُضولي
zvědavý
nysgerrigemsig
utelias
znatiželjan
hnÿsinn, spurull, nærgöngull
詮索好きな
캐묻기 좋아하는
zinātkārsziņkārīgs
radoveden
frågvis
ที่อยากรู้อยากเห็น
tò mò

inquisitive

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv] ADJ (= interested) → curioso; (= prying) → entrometido, curioso; [mind] → inquisitivo

inquisitive

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv] adj [person] → curieux/euse; [nature, mind] → curieux/euse; [animal] → curieux/euse

inquisitive

adjneugierig; (for knowledge) → wissbegierig; he’s very inquisitive about my friendser will alles über meine Freunde wissen

inquisitive

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv] adj(troppo) curioso/a

inquisitive

(inˈkwizətiv) adjective
eager to find out about other people's affairs. He was rather inquisitive about the cost of our house; inquisitive neighbours.
inˈquisitively adverb
inˈquisitiveness noun

inquisitive

فُضُولِيٌّ zvědavý nysgerrig wissbegierig αδιάκριτος inquisitivo utelias curieux znatiželjan curioso 詮索好きな 캐묻기 좋아하는 nieuwsgierig vitebegjærlig wścibski curioso пытливый frågvis ที่อยากรู้อยากเห็น meraklı tò mò 好奇的
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Leave the key alone, will you, you inquisitive little thing?
They will glance at the photogravures of our nearly defunct sailing-ships with a cold, inquisitive and indifferent eye.
I infinitely prefer the tender and liberal spirit of Mainwaring, which, impressed with the deepest conviction of my merit, is satisfied that whatever I do must be right; and look with a degree of contempt on the inquisitive and doubtful fancies of that heart which seems always debating on the reasonableness of its emotions.
There are so many inquisitive people and institutions abounding," said Arobin, "that one is really forced as a matter of convenience these days to assume the virtue of an occupation if he has it not.
Now one of the Princess's elder sisters, who was very inquisitive, had found out about everything, and went to pay her youngest sister a visit in the ruined castle.
I might yet hear him say, "She was inquisitive when she had no business to inquire; she was obstinate when she ought; to have listened to reason; she left my bedside when other women would have remained; but in the end she atoned for it all--she turned out to be right
A blacksmith's forge, which had been set up in the shelter of a grove near the beach, attracted so great a crowd, that it required the utmost efforts of the sentries posted around to keep the inquisitive multitude at a sufficient distance to allow the workmen to ply their vocation.
We must not give them reason to say that their neighbors are inquisitive.
As the girl passed down through the hall, she went before open doors framing more eyes strangely microscopic, and sending broad beams of inquisitive light into the darkness of her path.
Indeed, to confess the truth, she knew it already, and therefore was not very inquisitive as to that point.
She was the more aware of this from noticing in the inquisitive look Mihail Vassilievitch turned on her that he was, as it were, keeping watch on her.
Knowing the restless, inquisitive nature of the man he had to deal with, Captain Wragge had anticipated some little difficulty and embarrassment in meeting the questions which Noel Vanstone might put to him on the way to London.