Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inclined to investigate; eager for knowledge.
  • adjective Unduly curious and inquiring.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Addicted to inquiry or research; disposed to seek information; given to prying into matters; eagerly curious.
  • Marked by inquiry; questioning; curious; hence, searching out; bringing to view.
  • Synonyms Prying, etc. (see curious), inquiring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research.
  • adjective Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer.
  • adjective Given to examination, investigation, or research; searching; curious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Eager to acquire knowledge.
  • adjective Too curious; overly interested; nosy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing curiosity
  • adjective inquiring or appearing to inquire

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English inquisitif, from Old French, from Late Latin inquīsītīvus, from Latin inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late 14th Century, from Old French: inquisitif, from Late Latin: inquisitivus, from Latin: inquisitus, past participle of inquirere, also see: inquire.

Examples

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  • " A pause, then, "What do you call the inquisitive lump of hair with the educated nose that accompanies you?

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