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curious adj
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: 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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  1. inquisitive; tending to ask questions, investigate, or explore
    Young children are naturally curious about the world and everything in it.
  2. unusual; odd; out of the ordinary; bizarre
    The platypus is a curious creature, with fur like a mammal and a beak like a bird.



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Extensive Definition

curious in Arabic: فضول
curious in Catalan: Curiositat
curious in German: Neugier
curious in Spanish: Curiosidad
curious in French: Curiosité (faculté)
curious in Galician: Curiosidade
curious in Hebrew: סקרנות
curious in Dutch: Nieuwsgierigheid
curious in Japanese: 好奇心
curious in Norwegian: Kuriositet
curious in Portuguese: Curiosidade (emoção)
curious in Romanian: Curiozitate
curious in Albanian: Kureshtja
curious in Sicilian: Curiusità

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