From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcuriouscu‧ri‧ous /ˈkjʊəriəs $ ˈkjʊr-/ ●●○W3 adjective 🔊 🔊 1INTERESTEDwanting to know about something → inquisitive 🔊 Puppies are naturally curious.curious about 🔊 He was curious about how she would react.curious to know/see/hear etc 🔊 Mandy was curious to know what happened.curious look/glance 🔊 Her shouting attracted some curious glances from other people in the restaurant.2STRANGEstrange or unusual 🔊 He felt a curious mixture of excitement and panic. 🔊 a curious coincidence 🔊 It’s curious that she left without saying goodbye.► see thesaurus at strange
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curious• "Why do you want to know about Catherine?" "Oh no reason. I'm just curious."• The principal's response to the problem was curious.• I'm not being nosy, I'm just curious.• Even young children often become curious about drugs.• People have always been curious about exactly how life on earth began.• Being naturally curious animals, cats often find their way into dangerous places.• He had come to some curiousarrangement with his landlady.• But even I am a little bitcurious as to what the top news stories are.• It is curious, by the way, that the gridiron plan should have gone on so long.• The visitors were soon surrounded by a crowd of curious children.• Life in the village was a curiouscombination of the old and the very new.• At first Wexford felt a curiousdistaste and then he thought about the dead man and what he knew of him.• Stringtheory has a curioushistory.• The result is a curioushybrid that values action and physicalmovementabove all else.• Upon learning of this dailymiracle, a curious neighbor gave the fish a whack.• A few curious neighbors came out to see what was going on.• They had once been white, he remembered, but now they had turned a curiousshade of yellow.• She looked through the drawers of Bob's desk, curious to explore even the most unconsideredcorners of his life.• He was curious to find out why she had left her job so suddenly.• It was a weird situation, and I was curious to learn more.curious about• All children are curious about the workings of things.