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CURIOSITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does curiosity mean? 

CURIOSITY (noun)
  The noun CURIOSITY has 2 senses:

1. a state in which you want to learn more about something
2. something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting

  Familiarity information: CURIOSITY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CURIOSITY (noun)


Sense 1curiosity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state in which you want to learn more about something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

curiosity; wonder

Hypernyms ("curiosity" is a kind of...):

cognitive state; state of mind (the state of a person's cognitive processes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "curiosity"):

desire to know; lust for learning; thirst for knowledge (curiosity that motivates investigation and study)

interest; involvement (a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something)

curiousness; inquisitiveness (a state of active curiosity)


Sense 2curiosity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

curio; curiosity; oddment; oddity; peculiarity; rarity

Hypernyms ("curiosity" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "curiosity"):

bric-a-brac; knickknack; knickknackery; nicknack; whatnot (miscellaneous curios)

collectable; collectible (things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique))

collector's item; piece de resistance; showpiece (the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection)


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