In*quis"i*tive (?), a. [OE. inquisitif, F. inquisitif.]


Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer.

A wise man is not inquisitive about things impertinent. Broome.


Given to examination, investigation, or research; searching; curious.

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

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


© Webster 1913.

In*quis"i*tive, n.

A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research.

Sir W. Temple.


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