curious

Definitions

  • Three puppies look curiously at a tortoise
    Three puppies look curiously at a tortoise
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj curious 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"
    • adj curious 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"
    • adj curious having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more "a trap door that made me curious"
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three curious dingoes three curious dingoes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can tell how a rabbit is feeling (emotion-wise) through the position of its ears. If the ears are standing tall, pointing forward, the rabbit is happy and curious. If the ears are laid completely flat on its back and are pointing backwards, the rabbit is more than likely pissed off or frightened. If one ear is halfway up and somewhat cocked towards you, and the other one is standing compeltely up, but facing away from you, then the rabbit is confused, and curious as to what the heck you're doing.
    • Curious 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."
    • Curious Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. "Little curious in her clothes.""How shall we,
      If he be curious , work upon his faith?"
    • Curious Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare. "A curious tale""A multitude of curious analogies.""Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.""Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of learning or sciense often bring to light curious results."
    • Curious Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill. "To devise curious works.""His body couched in a curious bed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • curious Careful; nice; accurate; fastidious; precise; exacting; minute.
    • curious Wrought with or requiring care and art; neat; elaborate; finished: as, a curious work.
    • curious Exciting curiosity or surprise; awakening inquisitive interest; rare; singular; odd: as, a curious fact.
    • curious Inquisitive; desirous of seeing or knowing; eager to learn; addicted to research or inquiry; sometimes, in a disparaging sense, prying: as, a man of a curious mind: followed by after, of, in, or about, or an infinitive.
    • curious Synonyms. Strange, Surprising, etc. See wonderful. Curious, Inquisitive, Prying. Curious and inquisitive may be used in a good or a bad sense, but inquisitive is more often, and prying is only, found in the latter. Curious expresses only the desire to know; inquisitive, the effort to find out by inquiry; prying, the effort to find out secrets by looking and working in improper ways.
    • curious To work curiously; elaborate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Curious kū′ri-us anxious to learn: inquisitive: showing great care or nicety: skilfully made: singular: rare
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Quotations

  • Walt Disney
    Walt%20Disney
    “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shrewd unto thee than men understand.”
  • Christy Turlington
    Christy Turlington
    “I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself -- it's eerie.”
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “Be curious, not judgmental.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. curios, curius, F. curieux, L. curiosus, careful, inquisitive, fr. cura, care. See Cure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. curieux—L. curiosuscura.

Usage

In literature:

If you liked it, it's curious you didn't eat very much.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
The incident was curious and rather interesting.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
It was a curious sight.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The other man naturally noticed it, and laughed somewhat curiously.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
They glanced frequently at the sleeper, and occasionally gurgled out a curious throaty chuckle.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
The moon set with curious 'horse's-tail' effects.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
And yet with her he was kind and tender, curious and smiling, he watched her with wholly different eyes.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Curiously enough, his leisure extended to practically the same limits.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Curiously enough I went into the works of an automobile enterprise.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
He looked at his brother curiously.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
The radical identity is intelligible, though the superficial contrast is certainly curious.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
It struck Jack with a curious wonder.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
In the pavement is a curious pierced stone.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
It is curiously interesting.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I rose early next morning, when the dew was yet heavy on grass and lichen, curious to explore a locality so new to me.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
She was thoroughly surprised and very curious.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The boy of whom she had spoken came and wept at her bed-side, and Padre Cristoforo observed him curiously.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Dr. Johnson's curious nervous habit of touching every street-post he passed was cured in 1766, by the laying down of side-pavements.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
They have begun already; and it is curious that they have begun on the mangel-wurzel roots.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
An' this one's got a curious look.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

They made a curious Eden.
We saw that it was good.
We thought with them in unison.
We proudly understood
"Our Guardian Angels And Their Children" by Vachel Lindsay
We'll draw aside the curtain
Of tent that's nearest by;
Ah! what a mournful picture
For stranger's curious eye.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
It seems to me all over,
The last words have been said;
And I have the curious fancy
To-morrow will find me dead!
""Hallo My Fancy, Wither Wilt Thou Go?"" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
A Desk he had of curious Work,
With glittering Studs about;
Within the same did Sandys lurk,
Though Ovid lay without.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
O My songs,
Why do you look so eagerly and so curiously into
people's faces,
Will you find your lost dead among them?
"Coda" by Ezra Pound
Swift as the tide in the river
The blood flows through my heart,
At the curious little fancy
That to-morrow we must part.
""Hallo My Fancy, Wither Wilt Thou Go?"" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

It was still dark outside when Rodney George Laver , as curious as the rest of us, awoke Monday morning.
So, I am very curious to see how a fourth film in the Hannibal Lecter franchise fares.
Neuse Little Theater to stage comedy 'The Curious Savage' sees good in people who are different.
From left, Jessica Salyers, Matt Gore and Edward Lindquist rehearse a scene from Neuse Little Theatre's production of "The Curious Savage".
I'm especially curious as to what technique they use to make it so dense.
I'm always curious about how it was in the 1950s with my skin color.
Our curious and comely archipelago—which Mark Twain penned as "the loveliest fleet of islands anchored in any ocean"—assumes a lonely mooring.
Finders Keepers will hold a public auction on Saturday, May 29, at 7 pm for collectors, designers, homeowners and the curious at heart.
Over the past year, Curious Theatre Company has given us a first-rate production of Pulitzer winner and Tony nominee Clybourne Park.
The curious case of Manglaze nail polish.
Welcome to the November 2008 edition of "Jud's New England Journal," the rather curious monthly musings of Judson Hale, editor-in-chief of Yankee Magazine, published since 1935 in Dublin, New Hampshire.
Many people have heard the curious claim that women who live together menstruate together.
The race for the US Senate seat in Florida took a curious twist Wednesday when one-time Gov - 9:30 pm.
But his prescriptions are curiously incomplete.
His was a curious case.
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In science:

For a curious coincidence, the (expected) integrated emission of distant galaxies turns out to be comparable by orders of magnitude to the Galaxy emission at the Pole and to the Zodiacal light in the near-IR window.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Just like in the p = 3 case, it is curious to note that this is independent of the Wound coupling Gs , but again it should be emphasized that this does not imply the existence of some regime where the two descriptions can be examined perturbatively at the same time.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Curiously, our methods also result in a complete analysis of learning with ful l memory, as shown in some detail in section 3.2.
Mathematics of learning
Jets were the first AGN outflows observed, discovered by Curtis (1918), who noticed a ‘curious, straight ray’ emanating from M87.
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets
This is curious inasmuch F A(P ) ∧ F A(Q) does not in general imply F A(P ∗ ˙Q).
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
Lozenge tilings in particular have intrigued generations of curious people because they can easily be seen as piles of cubes.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Curiously enough, in the case of vacuum Einstein’s equations with a nonvanishing cosmological constant a more complete picture is known for some time already.
Radiative spacetimes
Note that the nature of the phase transition in three dimensions remains curiously undecided (OP).
The Random-Cluster Model
Curiously, the Riemannian analogue of Theorem 4.2 remains an open problem.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Einstein GR as matter fields, then a curious property appears.
Geometrical description of spin-2 fields
In this case the peak of the probability distribution is shifted by a value that at the partial synchronization transition p = 1/2 (as deduced from the vanishing of the Lyapunov exponent) curiously matches the shift of the contracting points.
Synchronization of Random Linear Maps
Hence, we see that the formula (5.32) has a curious combinatorial interpretation via MacMahon’s formula.
Toeplitz determinants, random growth and determinantal processes
It is curious that K n n (E ) ≤ 0 because V α2 is not Hermitean.
Instability and Degeneracy in the BMN Correspondence
It is somewhat curious that much less attention has been paid to the PDF of the observed light in the universe, whereas two particle and higher order distribution functions have been studied extensively in the literature.
The Probability Distribution Function of Light in the Universe: Results from Hydrodynamic Simulations
It is curious that the two-loop QED effective action was computed only a year after the work by Wess and Zumino that stimulated widespread interest in supersymmetric quantum field theory.
Low-energy dynamics in N = 2 super QED: Two-loop approximation
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