curious (adj.)

14世纪中叶,"精巧、老练";14世纪晚期,"渴望知道、好奇、渴望看到"(常有不好的含义),也有"用或需要小心和艺术来锻制;"来自古法语 curios "殷勤、急切、好奇;古怪、奇怪"(现代法语 curieux ),直接来自拉丁语 curiosus "小心、勤奋;急切地询问、多管闲事",类似于 cura "关心"(见 cure (n.))。

客观意义上的"激起好奇心"到了1715年的英语。在书商的目录中,这个词是"情色、色情"的委婉说法(1877年);这类材料被称为 curiosa (1883年),拉丁文的中性复数 curiosus 。相关链接: Curiously; curiousnessCuriouser and curiouser 来自《爱丽丝梦游仙境历险记》(1865年)。

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. [Century Dictionary]

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Definitions of curious from WordNet

curious (adj.)
beyond or deviating from the usual or expected;
a curious hybrid accent
Synonyms: funny / odd / peculiar / queer / rum / rummy / singular
curious (adj.)
eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns);
a curious child is a teacher's delight
curious about the neighbor's doings
traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers
a trap door that made me curious
curious investigators