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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Curious \Cu"ri*ous\ (k?"r?-?s), a. [OF. curios, curius, F.
curieux, L. curiosus careful, inquisitive, fr. cura care. See
1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct;
careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. [Obs.]
Little curious in her clothes. --Fuller.
How shall we,
If he be curious, work upon his faith? --Beau. & Fl.
2. Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed;
elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.
To devise curious works. --Ex. xxxv. 32
His body couched in a curious bed. --Shak.
3. Careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to
research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; --
sometimes with after or of.
It is a pity a gentleman so very curious after
things that were elegant and beautiful should not
have been as curious as to their origin, their uses,
and their natural history. --Woodward.
4. Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise;
inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or
plain; strange; rare. "Acurious tale" --Shak.
A multitude of curious analogies. --Macaulay.
Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
--E. A. Poe.
Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of
learning or sciense often bring to light curious
results. --C. J. Smith.
Curious arts, magic. [Obs.]
Many . . . which used curious arts brought their
books together, and burned them. --Acts xix.
Syn: Inquisitive; prying. See Inquisitive.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "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" [syn: curious, funny, odd,
peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular]
2: 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" [ant: incurious]
3: having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning
more; "a trap door that made me curious"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
112 Moby Thesaurus words for "curious":
aberrant, abnormal, absurd, agape, agog, all agog, analytical,
attentive, attracted, barmy, bizarre, burning with curiosity,
careful, catechistic, cathectic, cautious, circumspect, concerned,
considerate, consumed with curiosity, deviant, deviate, eccentric,
enthusiastic, erratic, examining, excited, exotic, extraordinary,
fascinated, freaked out, freakish, freaky, funny, ghoulish,
gossipy, grotesque, heedful, impertinent, inquiring, inquisitional,
inquisitive, inquisitorial, interested, interfering, intermeddling,
interrogational, interrogative, interrogatory, intrusive,
investigative, irregular, itchy, keen on, kinky, kooky, loving,
meddlesome, meddling, mindful, morbid, morbidly curious, nosy,
nuts, nutty, odd, oddball, off, off the wall, offbeat, open-eyed,
openmouthed, out, outlandish, outrageous, outre, overcurious,
passing strange, passionate, peculiar, piqued, pixilated, prurient,
prying, quaint, queer, querying, questioning, quizzical, quizzing,
regardful, scopophiliac, scrutinizing, searching, singular,
snooping, snoopy, solicitous, strange, supercurious, tantalized,
tender, thoughtful, tickled, titillated, turned-on, unconventional,
unearthly, unusual, voyeuristic, weird, wondrous strange
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