1. Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer.
A wise man is not inquisitive about things impertinent. --Broome.
2. Given to examination, investigation, or research; searching; curious.
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.
[We] curious are to hear,
What happens new. --Milton.
This folio of four pages [a newspaper], happy work!
Which not even critics criticise; that holds
Inquisitive attention, while I read. --Cowper.
Nor need we with a prying eye survey
The distant skies, to find the Milky Way. --Creech.
In·quis·i·tive, n. A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research.
adj 1: showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light
post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a
speculative eyebrow" [syn: speculative, questioning,
2: inquiring or appearing to inquire; "an inquiring look"; "the
police are proverbially inquisitive"