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Definition 1: eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns) - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where curious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(curious is similar to ...) showing curiosity

"if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive" "raised a speculative eyebrow"

(curious is similar to ...) offensively curious or inquisitive

"curious about the neighbor's doings" "he flipped through my letters in his nosy way" "prying eyes" "the snoopy neighbor watched us all day"

(curious is similar to ...) showing excessive curiosity

(means also ...) given to inquiry

"an inquiring mind"

(means also ...) having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern

"an interested audience" "interested in sports" "was interested to hear about her family" "interested in knowing who was on the telephone" "interested spectators"

Definition 2: beyond or deviating from the usual or expected - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where curious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a curious hybrid accent
  • her speech has a funny twang
  • they have some funny ideas about war
  • had an odd name
  • the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves
  • something definitely queer about this town
  • what a rum fellow
  • singular behavior

Synonyms for curious in the sense of this definition

(curious is similar to ...) being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

"a strange exaltation that was indefinable" "a strange fantastical mind" "what a strange sense of humor she has"

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