How do you say CURIOUS in Italian?

How exactly do you say curious in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being curious in Italian and you will even learn some interesting facts featuring this word. Read on to learn them all!


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Curious in Italian


Curioso is how most commonly you translate curious into Italian. Let’s hear how this adjective is pronounced.

Its pronunciation is similar to coo-ree-oh-so and it comes from the Latin word cura, “thoughtfulness, solicitude”. Make sure the final -o has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!


a spy cat

Like all other adjectives in Italian, curioso needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If a man is curious, you would say curioso because man, uomo, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, you will say curiosa, if you’re talking about a curious woman, donna, which is a feminine noun.

Plural nouns behave the same way: if you want to describe some curious men (uomini, masculine plural), use curiosi. If you’re talking about some curious women (donne, feminine plural), use curiose instead.

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For example, you can say…

Giovanni è un tipo curioso, ama leggere libri su argomenti vari.
Giovanni is a curious guy; he loves reading books on various topics.

Sono curiosa di sapere cosa succederà nel prossimo episodio.
I’m curious to know what will happen in the next episode.

Le menti curiose hanno successo nella vita.
Curious minds succeed in life.

Una folla di curiosi si era radunata attorno all’incidente.
A crowd of (curious) onlookers had gathered around the incident.

drawing of eyes spying on a woman

Curioso has also different meanings:

  • a person who is willing to learn about many things
  • a nosy person
  • something unusual

For example, you can say:

L’altro giorno mi è successo un fatto curioso.
A curious thing happened to me the other day.

And if you are a Harry Potter fan like yours truly, you surely remember Mr. Ollivander’s speech in the Philosopher’s Stone movie: Curious! Very curious… You can use curious as an exclamation in Italian too: curioso, davvero curioso!

Other translations for curious in Italian

There are a number of synonyms for curious in Italian that you can use instead of testardo. The most common ones are…

Inquisitive (more formal)



Strange (not used to mean “eager to learn”)

For example, you can say…

Paolo scrutò Mattia con uno sguardo indagatore.
Paul peered at Matthias with an inquiring gaze.

Mio figlio è molto inquisitivo e fa sempre domande.
My son is very inquisitive and always asking questions.

Mi è successo un fatto molto strano. Te lo posso raccontare?
A very strange thing happened to me. May I tell you about it?

From curioso you get curiosità, “curiosity”, and the verb curiosare, which means “to snoop around”:

Quando viene a trovarci, mia suocera curiosa spesso in giro per casa.
When she visits, my mother-in-law often snoops around the house.

a gathered family

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say curious in Italian!

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