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Related to curiousness: curiosity, courteousness


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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curiousness - a state of active curiosity
curiosity, wonder - a state in which you want to learn more about something
nosiness, prying, snoopiness - offensive inquisitiveness
2.curiousness - the quality of being alien or not native; "the strangeness of a foreigner"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
exoticism, exoticness, exotism - the quality of being exotic; "he loved the exoticism of Egypt"
alienage, alienism - the quality of being alien
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1. Mental acquisitiveness:
Idiom: thirst for knowledge.
2. Undue interest in the affairs of others:
Informal: nosiness, snoopiness.
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(= oddness)Merkwürdigkeit f, → Sonderbarkeit f
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"This is where I used to walk up and down and wonder and wonder." "Is it?" cried Colin, and his eyes began to search the ivy with eager curiousness. "But I can see nothing," he whispered.
I am old enough to make ready to die, and a great curiousness have I about what will happen to me when I am dead.
He lay down in the snow, depositing the ptarmigan beside him, and with eyes peering through the needles of a low-growing spruce he watched the play of life before him--the waiting lynx and the waiting porcupine, each intent on life; and, such was the curiousness of the game, the way of life for one lay in the eating of the other, and the way of life for the other lay in being not eaten.
At the sound of his voice the woman peered at him with quick curiousness.
Nor does it at all diminish the curiousness of this matter, that to many thousands of our rural boys and young men born along its line, the probationary life of the Grand Canal furnishes the sole transition between quietly reaping in a Christian corn-field, and recklessly ploughing the waters of the most barbaric seas.
The fast moving time containing within it seemingly endless changes has left humans with a sense of curiousness and a desire to find a foothold for connecting us with this flow of history and our place in it for what is present today will tomorrow be the past and what we are today defines what we will be tomorrow,' said Ozma Bhatti in her curatorial note.
It is a concerned curiousness since I cannot help but identify myself as a resident of the places I visit, with the countryside mentality imbedded in my psyche.
In tribute to the multisensory nature of such embryonic museums, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller created an artwork called The Cabinet of Curiousness (2010).
From a formal perspective, the curiousness of Justice Belobaba's approach is compounded by the fundamentally different formal structure of the income trust context to that of corporate law.
"I hope that the provision of our preliminary tests of basic elements from the theory on real date will spark both curiousness and broader follow-up tests by the readers."