October 04, 2015
- curious (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : eager to learn2 : inquisitive3 : attracting attention by being strange or unusual : odd
- How do you use it?
- "Here, in daylight, there would be cows in the meadow, and on summer afternoons Annemarie would always stop by the fence and hold out handfuls of grass, which the curious cows would take with their rough tongues." (Lois Lowry, _Number the Stars_)
- Are you a word wiz?
If you are reading this it probably means that you are curious about words. See if your curiosity can help you figure out which of the following words is a relative of "curious."Answer B is an accurate choice. English speakers adopted "curious" from the French word "curios," but that French term developed from the much older Latin word "curiosus," which can mean "careful" or "inquisitive." We can trace "curiosus" back to another Latin word, "cura," which means "care." "Accurate" comes from the Latin "accurare" meaning "to take care of" and which also traces to the Latin "cura." Some other members of the "cura" family include "cure," "scour," and "secure."