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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Curious \Cu"ri*ous\ (k?"r?-?s), adjective [OF. curios, curius, F. curieux, L. curiosus careful, inquisitive, fr. cura care. See {Cure}.]

1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. [Obs.]

Little curious in her clothes. --Fuller.

How shall we, If he be curious, work upon his faith? --Beau. & Fl.

2. Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.

To devise curious works. --Ex. xxxv. 32

His body couched in a curious bed. --Shak.

3. 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. --Woodward.

4. Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare. "Acurious tale" --Shak.

A multitude of curious analogies. --Macaulay.

Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. --E. A. Poe.

Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of learning or sciense often bring to light curious results. --C. J. Smith.

{Curious arts}, magic. [Obs.]

Many . . . which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them. --Acts xix. 19.

Syn: Inquisitive; prying. See {Inquisitive}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

curious

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {curious}, {funny}, {odd}, {peculiar}, {queer}, {rum}, {rummy}, {singular}]

2: 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" [ant: {incurious}]

3: having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more; "a trap door that made me curious"


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