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 examination, investigation, or research; searching; curious. [1913 Webster]

A young, inquisitive, and sprightly genius. --I. Watts.

Syn: Inquiring; prying; curious; meddling; intrusive.

Usage: {Inquisitive}, {Curious}, {Prying}. Curious denotes a feeling, and inquisitive a habit. We are curious when we desire to learn something new; we are inquisitive when we set ourselves to gain it by inquiry or research. Prying implies inquisitiveness, and is more commonly used in a bad sense, as indicating a desire to penetrate into the secrets of others. [1913 Webster]

[We] curious are to hear, What happens new. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

This folio of four pages [a newspaper], happy work! Which not even critics criticise; that holds Inquisitive attention, while I read. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Nor need we with a prying eye survey The distant skies, to find the Milky Way. --Creech. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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