WOTW: curious

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - curious

“Curious” is an adjective. It has two different means. The first of one is more commonly used. Let’s find out more.


The main meaning of the adjective “curious” is strongly wanting to learn or know something.


+ She was very curious about what had happened.

+ I’m not an expert, so I be curious to find out the answers.

+ Aren’t you curious to know where I got this?

+ The books aren’t just good for children, but for curious adults as well.


Related to that “curious” also means showing curiosity*.


+ Nearly 500 curious faces stared at me.

+ Her dark eyes were curious.

+ We got some very curious looks from the locals.

+ Passers-by stared at him with curious expressions, wondering what was going on.


The less common meaning of “curious” is strange or unusual.


+ She had the most curious sensation in her arm.

+ This is a curious and confusing mystery.

+ He looked around the corner only to see a strange and curious sight.

+ I love looking for stones on the beach that have a curious shape or unusual colour.


*Curiosity is the noun of curious.


The pronunciation is /ˈkjʊərɪəs/.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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