curiosity etymology

English word curiosity comes from Latin cura, Proto-Indo-European *kois-

Detailed word origin of curiosity

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cura Latin (lat) (agriculture) Rearing, culture, care.. (medicine) Medical attendance, healing.. (rare) An attendant, guardian, observer.. Attention, management, administration, charge, care; command, office; guardianship.. Written work, writing.. Care, concern, thought; trouble, solicitude; anxiety, grief, sorrow.
*kois- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
curiosum Latin (lat)
curiositatem Latin (lat)
curiouseté Anglo-Norman (xno)
curiosity English (eng) (obsolete) Careful, delicate construction; fine workmanship, delicacy of building. [16th-19th c.]. (uncountable) Inquisitiveness; the tendency to ask and learn about things by asking questions, investigating, or exploring. [from 17th c.]. A unique or extraordinary object which arouses interest. [from 17th c.].

Words with the same origin as curiosity

Descendants of cura
cure curious proctor