inquisitive
Pronunciation
  • enPR: ĭngkwĭz'ətĭv, IPA: /ɪŋˈkwɪzətɪv/
Adjective

inquisitive

  1. Eager to acquire knowledge.
    • A young, inquisitive, and sprightly genius.
  2. Too curious; overly interested#Adjective|interested; nosy.
    • A wise man is not inquisitive about things impertinent.
    • 1892, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “[Beyond the City] The New-comers”, in The Great Shadow and Beyond the City, Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, […]; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., OCLC 1000339207 ↗, page 157 ↗:
      No, no, Bertha; we must not give them reason to say that their neighbours are inquisitive.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 16: Eumaeus]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗, page 575 ↗:
      ― Everybody gets their own ration of luck, they say. Now you mention it his face was familiar to me. But leaving that for the moment, how much did you part with, he queried, if I am not too inquisitive?
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