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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cu·ri·ous /ˈkjʊriəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cu·ri·ous a.
 1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. [Obs.]
    Little curious in her clothes.   --Fuller.
 How shall we,
 If he be curious, work upon his faith?   --Beau. & Fl.
 2. Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.
    To devise curious works.   --Ex. xxxv. 32
    His body couched in a curious bed.   --Shak.
 3. Careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; -- sometimes with after or of.
    It is a pity a gentleman so very curious after things that were elegant and beautiful should not have been as curious as to their origin, their uses, and their natural history.   --Woodward.
 4. Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare. “Acurious tale”
    A multitude of curious analogies.   --Macaulay.
    Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.   --E. A. Poe.
    Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of learning or sciense often bring to light curious results.   --C. J. Smith.
 Curious arts, magic. [Obs.]
    Many . . . which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them.   --Acts xix. 19.
 Syn: -- Inquisitive; prying. See Inquisitive.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"