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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As no one appeared but an inquisitive daddy-longlegs, who examined her work with interest, she went to walk, got caught in a shower, and came home dripping.
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.
The Mohican maintained his firm and haughty attitude; and his eyes, so far from deigning to meet her inquisitive look, dwelt steadily on the distance, as though it penetrated the obstacles which impeded the view and looked into futurity.
They had scarcely been two minutes by themselves, before he began to speak of Edward; for he, too, had heard of the living, and was very inquisitive on the subject.
Edgar Linton, after an inquisitive stare, collected sufficient wit to recognise her.
Wragge -- the housekeeper cautiously abstained from exhibiting herself any longer under an inquisitive aspect.
The day was very hot, and heaps of flies, who were extending their inquisitive and adventurous perquisitions into all the glutinous little glasses near madame, fell dead at the bottom.
For being of an inquisitive disposition, and unable to confine herself (as her positive instructions were) to the pantry, she was constantly peering in at us, and constantly imagining herself detected; in which belief, she several times retired upon the plates (with which she had carefully paved the floor), and did a great deal of destruction.
Wopsle taking the bass, and asserting with a tremendously strong voice (in reply to the inquisitive bore who leads that piece of music in a most impertinent manner, by wanting to know all about everybody's private affairs) that he was the man with his white locks flowing, and that he was upon the whole the weakest pilgrim going.
I am as heartily sorry as any of my readers can possibly be, that such an occasion was given: but this prince happened to be so curious and inquisitive upon every particular, that it could not consist either with gratitude or good manners, to refuse giving him what satisfaction I was able.
Jim frowned from time to time when he caught the inquisitive glance of some stranger.
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.