Etymology
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inquisitive (adj.)

late 14c., from Old French inquisitif, from Late Latin inquisitivus "making inquiry," from Latin inquisit-, past participle stem of inquirere "seek after, search for; examine, investigate" (see inquire).

An housbonde shal nat been Inquisityf of goddes pryuetee nor of his wyf. [Chaucer, "Miller's Prologue"]

Related: Inquisitively; inquisitiveness.

updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of inquisitive from WordNet

inquisitive (adj.)
showing curiosity;
if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive
Synonyms: speculative / questioning / wondering
inquisitive (adj.)
inquiring or appearing to inquire;
the police are proverbially inquisitive
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