- inquisitiveness; the tendency to ask questions, investigate, or explore
Cats have a natural curiosity that sometimes gets them in trouble.
Out of curiosity, why are you wearing your shirt backwards? (means, "I am just wondering")
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CURIOSITY, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The
desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one
of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
n.; pl. Curiosities (-
t&ibreve;z). [OE. curiouste, curiosite, OF.
curioseté, curiosité, F.
curiosité, fr. L. curiositas, fr.
curiosus. See Curious, and cf. Curio.]
1. The state or quality or being curious;
nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration. [Obs.]
When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they
mocked thee for too much curiosity.
A screen accurately cut in tapiary work . . . with
2. Disposition to inquire, investigate,
or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new
information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness.
3. That which is curious, or fitted to
excite or reward attention.
We took a ramble together to see the
curiosities of this great town.
There hath been practiced also a curiosity,
to set a tree upon the north side of a wall, and, at a little
hieght, to draw it through the wall, etc.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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