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Definition interested in learning about things — often asking many questions
  • She is an inquisitive child who always asks questions.
inquisitive = interested in learning about things — often asking many questions
  • police tend to be inquisitive
  • if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive
  • If he wanted to stay inside his own house he had the right to stay inside free from the attentions of inquisitive children, which was a mild term for the likes of us.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • inquisitive = curious
  • Usually, Aria could take Ali's inquisitiveness and even her teasing— she was okay with being the "weird kid" of the group.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • inquisitiveness = tendency to try to learn about things
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • An inquisitive pair of bright amber eyes peeked up from the blackness.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • inquisitive = curious (trying to learn)
  • "Stay here, I vote," said Jill. "I'd much rather not see it." But she felt a little inquisitive all the same.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • inquisitive = interested in learning about things — often asking many questions
  • He seemed surprised and inquisitive when he saw me, but he asked politely...
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • inquisitive = curious and eager to understand
  • To escape her inquisitive gaze, I checked my watch, feigned surprise, and casually mentioned to Jamie that we'd better be going.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • inquisitive = questioning (wanting to learn about things)
  • The Mouse looked at her rather inquisitively,
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • inquisitively = curiously (with a desire to learn about)
  • Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • inquisitive = eager to learn about things
  • Pangloss, who was as inquisitive as he was argumentative, asked the old man what was the name of the strangled Mufti.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Inquisitive and eager eyes peered from every inch of space.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ] Lady Bracknell, I hate to seem inquisitive, but would you kindly inform me who I am?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • A few helicopters came and hovered inquisitively round the tower.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Back then a simple answer had seemed enough for Stephen's inquisitive mind.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • An inquisitive ant was busy in one of the eye sockets but otherwise the thing was lifeless.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • INQUISITIVE TRAVELLER Is't but masquerading play?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Inquisitive fingers snick in and out and find the bolls.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Roman, thirty-two, inquisitive and outspoken, has a doctorate in biology from Stanford and an abiding distrust of conventional wisdom.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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