1. given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
  2. unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.


  1. an inquisitive person: thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.


  1. excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
  2. 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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