curious Definition

  • 1eager to know or learn something
  • 2strange; unusual

Using curious: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "curious" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was curious about the new student in class.

  • Example

    I'm curious to know what happened next.

  • Example

    The strange noise made me curious.

  • Example

    He had a curious habit of collecting rocks.

curious Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using curious

  • curiosity killed the cat

    being too curious can lead to trouble


    A: I wonder what's inside that box. B: Be careful, curiosity killed the cat.

  • pique someone's curiosity

    to make someone interested in something


    The trailer for the new movie piqued my curiosity.

  • die of curiosity

    to be extremely eager to know or learn something


    I'm dying of curiosity to find out what happened.

Phrases with curious

  • having a strong desire to know or learn about something


    She was curious about the history of the building.

  • a situation or problem that is unusual or difficult to explain


    The disappearance of the plane remains a curious case.

  • a mind that is naturally inquisitive and interested in learning new things


    Her curious mind led her to explore many different fields of study.

Origins of curious

from Old French 'curios', meaning 'careful, diligent, inquisitive'


Summary: curious in Brief

The term 'curious' [ˈkjʊəriəs] describes an eagerness to learn or know something, as well as something strange or unusual. It can be used to describe people, situations, or habits, such as 'She was curious about the new student in class.' 'Curious' is also used in phrases like 'curious mind,' and idioms like 'curiosity killed the cat,' warning against excessive inquisitiveness.

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