Adjective "Curious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Eager to know or learn something.
  1. 'she was curious to know what had happened'
  2. 'I was curious to know what had made him who he was and why everything seemed far beneath him.'
  3. 'I would be curious to know what presumption others think is the most reasonable.'
  4. 'A majority of the participants were curious to know as to what prompted him to accept the role.'
  5. 'I'm curious to know what others think about the current pop culture depiction of human machines.'
  6. 'At any rate, I'm intrigued and am curious if my intrigue is justified.'
  7. 'You come curious to know if he is another young manager on a hot streak or if he has more than that.'
  8. 'A lot of us are curious to know exactly what the navy has been told to do.'
  9. 'Are you curious to know what they've been up to for the last 23 years?'
  10. 'One is always curious to know what's in the mind of the youngsters who are just out of school but still thinking of a career in law.'
  11. 'I wondered if there was a history behind all this and was very curious to know what happened.'
  12. 'So 700 curious faces stared me down from head to toe as I walked up to the podium.'
  13. 'Her face was the epitome of stoicism, though her eyes were curious and bright with interest.'
  14. 'Together we were drawing some very curious stares from the locals at the restaurant.'
  15. 'Emerging into daylight, they are the subject of curious stares from passers-by.'
  16. 'No doubt they had to answer many questions from very curious and interested pupils.'
  17. 'Both ignored the curious stares thrown their way as they rushed towards their science class.'
  18. 'You stare, catching curious glances, searching for recognition, but they're calm as cows.'
  19. 'Many Bangaloreans who have seen her on the programme stop her on the streets and make curious enquiries.'
  20. 'When she finally came out from hiding, she met the stares of three very curious people.'
  21. 'Passersby stared at her with curious expressions, wondering what was the matter.'
Strange; unusual.
  1. 'Continue to look at them and their placid, inoffensive appearance draws you in with a curious and unexpected power.'
  2. 'I love stony beaches the best, and love searching amongst the pebbles for those of a curious shape or an unusual colour.'
  3. 'One curious anomaly is electric pitch trim mounted on the panel rather than the yoke.'
  4. 'It was a curious remark to make for one who dreamed of emulating Alexander the Great.'
  5. 'Another curious difference is that tartrate levels are very high in grape flowers.'
  6. 'Even if we were not plagued by these curious and unusual defects of English, Paul would still be hard to understand.'
  7. 'Relative strangers offer up curious nuggets of information, like cinder toffee.'
  8. 'She felt nothing at all but a curious tingling sensation in the left side of her face.'
  9. 'If this hypothesis should be mistaken, there still remains a curious mystery here.'
  10. 'Talk of the election at work yesterday ranged from the curious to the bizarre.'


1. eager to learn or know; inquisitive.

2. prying; meddlesome.

3. arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange: a curious sort of person; a curious scene.

4. Archaic. made or prepared skillfully. done with painstaking accuracy or attention to detail: a curious inquiry. careful; fastidious. marked by intricacy or subtlety.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be curious about people."

"people can be curious as to things."

"people can be curious about things."

"readers can be curious as to things."

"people can be curious about services."

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Middle English: from Old French curios, from Latin curiosus ‘careful’, from cura ‘care’. curious (sense 2) dates from the early 18th century.