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"curious" in British English

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curiousadjective

uk   /ˈkjʊə.ri.əs/  us   /ˈkjʊr.i-/

curious adjective (INTERESTED)

B1 interested in ​learning about ​people or things around you: I was curious to ​know what would ​happen next. Babies are curious about everything around them. "Why did you ​ask?" "I was just curious."
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curious adjective (STRANGE)

mainly UK strange and ​unusual: There was a curious-​looking man ​standingoutside. A curious thing ​happened to me ​yesterday. It's curious (that) Billy hasn't ​phoned when he ​promised he would.
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curiously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B2 mainly UK Curiously (= ​strangely), there didn't ​seem to be a ​bank in the ​town.
(Definition of curious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"curious" in American English

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curiousadjective

 us   /ˈkjʊər·i·əs/

curious adjective (INTERESTED)

interested in ​learning about ​people or things around you: [+ to infinitive] I’m curious to ​see what’s going to ​happen on the ​politicalscene.

curious adjective (UNUSUAL)

unusual and ​thereforeworthnoticing: A curious ​figure in a ​redcape and ​blackbootsdarted into the ​building.
(Definition of curious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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