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

  • adj. Inclined to investigate; eager for knowledge.
  • adj. Unduly curious and inquiring. See Synonyms at curious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. showing curiosity
  • adj. inquiring or appearing to inquire


Middle English inquisitif, from Old French, from Late Latin inquīsītīvus, from Latin inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 14th Century, from Old French: inquisitif, from Late Latin: inquisitivus, from Latin: inquisitus, past participle of inquirere, also see: inquire. (Wiktionary)



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