curious

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French curios, from Latin curiosus.

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AdjectiveEdit

curious (comparative curiouser or more curious, superlative curiousest or most curious)

  1. (obsolete) Fastidious, particular; demanding a high standard of excellence, difficult to satisfy.
    • 1612, John Smith, Proceedings of the English Colonie in Virginia, in Kupperman 1988, p. 172:
      But departing thence, when we found no houses, we were not curious in any weather, to lie 3 or 4 nights together upon any shore under the trees by a good fire.
    • Fuller
      little curious in her clothes
  2. Inquisitive; tending to ask questions, investigate, or explore.
    Young children are naturally curious about the world and everything in it.
  3. Prompted by curiosity.
  4. Unusual; odd; out of the ordinary; bizarre.
    The platypus is a curious creature, with fur like a mammal and a beak like a bird.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.

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