inquisitive


inquisitive
a) Eager to acquire knowledge.

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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  • Inquisitive — In*quis i*tive, a. [OE. inquisitif, F. inquisitif.] 1. Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer. [1913 Webster] A wise man is not inquisitive about things impertinent. Broome. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inquisitive — In*quis i*tive, n. A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research. Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inquisitive — I adjective audiendi, cupidus, curiosus, curious, eager for knowledge, fond of investigation, given to research, inquiring, interested, interrogative, investigative, questioning, quizzical, scrutinizing, searching, seeking, speculative II index …   Law dictionary

  • inquisitive — late 14c., from O.Fr. inquisitif, from L.L. inquisitivus making inquiry, from L. inquisit , pp. stem of inquirere (see INQUIRE (Cf. inquire)). An housbonde shal nat been Inquisityf of goddes pryuetee nor of his wyf. [Chaucer, Miller s Prologue ]… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inquisitive — *curious, prying, snoopy, nosy Analogous words: impertinent, intrusive, meddlesome: interfering, meddling, intermeddling (see MEDDLE) Antonyms: incurious Contrasted words: indifferent, unconcerned, aloof, detached, uninterested, disinterested …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inquisitive — [adj] curious big eyed*, analytical, challenging, forward, impertinent, inquiring, inquisitorial, interested, intrusive, investigative, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, peering, personal, poking, presumptuous, probing, prying, questioning,… …   New thesaurus

  • inquisitive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) eagerly seeking knowledge. 2) prying. DERIVATIVES inquisitively adverb inquisitiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inquisitive — [in kwiz′ə tiv] adj. [ME enquesitif < OFr inquisitif < LL inquisitivus < L inquisitus, pp. of inquirere: see INQUIRE] 1. inclined to ask many questions or seek information; eager to learn 2. asking more questions than is necessary or… …   English World dictionary

  • inquisitive — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ highly, very ▪ a highly i …   Collocations dictionary

  • inquisitive — in|quis|i|tive [ınˈkwızıtıv] adj 1.) asking too many questions and trying to find out too many details about something or someone ▪ I d have asked more questions, but I didn t want to seem inquisitive. 2.) interested in a lot of different things… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inquisitive — [[t]ɪnkwɪ̱zɪtɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED An inquisitive person likes finding out about things, especially secret things. Barrow had an inquisitive nature... Bears are very inquisitive and must be kept mentally stimulated. Derived words: inquisitively ADV… …   English dictionary