How do you say CURIOUS in Italian?

Curious in Italian


Curioso is how you most commonly say curious in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word cura, meaning “thoughtfulness, solicitude”


Curious in Italian: Different forms

Like all other adjectives in Italian, curioso needs to match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

a spy cat

Curious in Italian: Examples

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 also has 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!

There are a number of synonyms for curious in Italian that you can use instead of curioso. 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

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