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[in-kwiz-i-tiv] /ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/

given to , research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious:
an inquisitive mind.
unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.
an inquisitive person:
thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.
excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
eager to learn; inquiring

late 14c., from Old French inquisitif, from Late Latin inquisitivus “making inquiry,” from Latin inquisit-, past participle stem of inquirere (see inquire).

An housbonde shal nat been Inquisityf of goddes pryuetee nor of his wyf. [Chaucer, “Miller’s Prologue”]

Related: Inquisitively; inquisitiveness.


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