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Usage note
"Curioso" is used with the verb "estar" in contexts like that shown in 2).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (eager to learn)
a. curious (person or mind)
Los niños son curiosos por naturaleza y no dejan de hacer preguntas.Children are naturally curious and are always asking questions.
b. inquisitive (person or mind)
Tiene una mente curiosa y despierta.He has an inquisitive and alert mind.
2. (eager to find out)
a. curious
Estoy curioso por saber si al final compraron el coche.I'm curious to know whether they bought the car in the end.
3. (unusual)
a. curious
¿No te parece curioso que nunca hable de ella?Don't you find it curious that he never talks about her?
b. strange
Es curioso que todavía no hayan abierto las tiendas.It is strange that the shops are not open yet.
c. odd
Qué curioso. Pensé que ya te había devuelto el libro.That's odd. I thought I had already returned the book to you.
d. funny
Lo curioso del caso es que hoy precisamente leía sobre ello.The funny thing is that I was reading about it only today.
4. (clean)
a. neat and tidy
La casa era pequeña pero luminosa, y ella la tenía muy curiosa.The house was small but luminous, and she had it very neat and tidy.
5. (meticulous)
a. careful
Era una persona muy curiosa y ordenada para sus cosas.He was a very careful and tidy person when it came to his things.
6. (prying)
a. nosy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No soporto a las personas curiosas. ¿Por qué no se limitan a vivir su vida?I can't stand nosy people. Don't they have a life?
b. nosey (United Kingdom)
No seas tan curioso. ¿A ti qué te importa?Don't be so nosey. What is it to you?
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
7. (bystander)
a. onlooker
El accidente atrajo a muchos curiosos.The accident attracted many onlookers.
8. (prying person)
a. busybody
Es un curioso. Dile que eso no es asunto suyo.He's a busybody. Tell him that is none of his business.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (por saber, averiguar)
a. curious, inquisitive
2. (raro)
a. odd, strange
3. (limpio)
a. neat, tidy
4. (cuidadoso)
a. careful
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (general)
a. onlooker
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curiosoa curiosa
1 [+persona] curious; (indiscreto) inquisitive
estar curioso por saber to be curious to know; curioso de noticias eager for news
2 (raro) [+acto, objeto] curious; odd
¡qué curioso! how odd!; how curious!
3 (aseado) neat; clean, tidy
4 (cuidadoso) careful; conscientious
1 (presente) bystander; onlooker
2 (interesado)
los curiosos de la literatura those interested in literature
3 (cotilla) busybody
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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