(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. questioning; curious, prying, meddlesome, busybodyish. See curiosity.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. curious, inquiring, prying, speculative, questioning, interested, intrusive, meddling, meddlesome, searching, challenging, analytical, poking, sifting, scrutinizing, investigative, querying, inquisitorial, forward, presumptuous, impertinent, snoopy*, nosy*, long-nosed*, rubbernecking*, big-eyed*, consumed with curiosity*; see also interested 1 , meddlesome .
Ant. indifferent*, unconcerned, aloof.
Syn.- inquisitive implies a habitual tendency to be curious, esp. about matters that do not concern one, and an attempt to gain information by persistent questioning; curious implies eagerness or anxiousness to find out things and may suggest a wholesome deSire to be informed; meddlesome suggests unwelcome intrusion into the affairs of others; prying suggests an officious inquisitiveness and meddlesomeness that persists against resistance
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
curious, prying, nosy, inquiring, questioning, interested, *dying to know, probing, intrusive, *snooping, *hungry for knowledge.
ANT.: uninterested, indifferent
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Unduly interested in the affairs of others: curious, inquisitorial. Informal: nosy, snoopy. See INVESTIGATE. 2. Eager to acquire knowledge: curious, inquiring, investigative, questioning. See INVESTIGATE.

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