Definition for CU'RI-OUS

CU'RI-OUS, a. [L. curiosus, from cura, care. See Cure.]

  1. Strongly desirous to see what is novel, or to discover what is unknown; solicitous to see or to know; inquisitive. Be not curious in unnecessary matters, nor to pry into the concerns of your neighbors. – Anon.
  2. Habitually inquisitive; addicted to research or inquiry; as, a man of a curious turn of mind; sometimes followed by after, and sometimes by of. Curious after things elegant and beautiful; curious of antiquities. – Woodward. Dryden.
  3. Accurate; careful not to mistake; solicitous to be correct. Men were not curious what syllables or particles they used. Hooker.
  4. Careful; nice; solicitous in selection; difficult to please. A temperate man is not curious of delicacies. – Taylor.
  5. Nice; exact; subtile; made with care. Both these senses embrace their objects … with a more curious discrimination. – Holder.
  6. Artful; nicely diligent. Each ornament about her seemly lies, / By curious chance, or careless art, composed. – Fairfax.
  7. Wrought with care and art; elegant; neat; finished as, a curious girdle; curious work. – Ex. xxviii. xxx.
  8. Requiring care and nicety; as, curious arts. – Acts xix.
  9. Rigid; severe; particular. [Little used.] – Shak.
  10. Rare; singular; as, a curious fact.

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