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Curious / Inquisitive

China hào qí
Japan kouki
Curious / Inquisitive

好奇 means curiosity or inquisitive in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It is a rather positive word in all three languages - though not as commonly used in Japanese.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

好奇

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Mandarin hào qí / hao4 qi2
Taiwan hao ch`i / hao chi
Japanese kouki / koki / こうき
Chinese inquisitive; curious; inquisitiveness; curiosity
Japanese inquisitiveness; (surname) Kouki
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奇貨

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Japanese kika / きか Japanese (1) curiosity; rare item; rarity; (2) (See 好機) rare opportunity which could be beneficial

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興味

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Mandarin xìng wèi / xing4 wei4
Taiwan hsing wei
Japanese kyoumi / kyomi / きょうみ
Chinese interest; taste
Japanese interest (in something); curiosity (about something); zest (for)

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不思議


不思议

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Mandarin bù sī yì / bu4 si1 yi4
Taiwan pu ssu i
Japanese fushigi / ふしぎ
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) wonder; miracle; strange; mystery; marvel; curiosity; (female given name) Mirakuru; (female given name) Fushigi; (female given name) Hatena
acintya. 阿軫帝也 Beyond thought and words, beyond conception, baffling description, amazing; inconceivable

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好奇心

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Mandarin hào qí xīn / hao4 qi2 xin1
Taiwan hao ch`i hsin / hao chi hsin
Japanese koukishin / kokishin / こうきしん
Chinese interest in something; curiosity; inquisitive
Japanese curiosity; inquisitiveness

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物好き

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Japanese monozuki / ものずき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (idle) curiosity; whimsical; (having) strange tastes

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物数奇

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Japanese monozuki / ものずき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (idle) curiosity; whimsical; (having) strange tastes

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猟奇的

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Japanese ryoukiteki / ryokiteki / りょうきてき Japanese (adjectival noun) (1) curiosity-seeking; (2) bizarre (crime, etc.); grotesque; abnormal

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もの好き

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Japanese monozuki / ものずき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (idle) curiosity; whimsical; (having) strange tastes

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物見高い

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Japanese monomidakai / ものみだかい Japanese (adjective) burning curiosity

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珍しがる

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Japanese mezurashigaru / めずらしがる Japanese (transitive verb) to think (it) a curiosity

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興味本位

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Japanese kyoumihoni / kyomihoni / きょうみほんい Japanese (adj-na,adj-no) (yoji) (just) out of curiosity; (just) in order to satisfy one's curiosity; aimed chiefly at amusing; sensational (e.g. magazine)

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好奇心旺盛

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Japanese koukishinousei / kokishinose / こうきしんおうせい Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) brimming with curiosity

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弥次馬根性

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Japanese yajiumakonjou / yajiumakonjo / やじうまこんじょう Japanese the spirit of curiosity

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知的好奇心

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Japanese chitekikoukishin / chitekikokishin / ちてきこうきしん Japanese intellectual curiosity; out of curiosity; inquisitiveness

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野次馬根性

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Japanese yajiumakonjou / yajiumakonjo / やじうまこんじょう Japanese the spirit of curiosity

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高みの見物

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Japanese takaminokenbutsu / たかみのけんぶつ Japanese (expression) being a spectator; observing (out of curiosity) as a disinterested party

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身を乗り出す

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Japanese mionoridasu / みをのりだす Japanese (exp,v5s) to bend oneself forward (esp. in curiosity or excitement); to hang out (e.g. over a balcony)

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好奇心猫を殺す

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Japanese koukishinnekookorosu / kokishinnekookorosu / こうきしんねこをころす Japanese (exp,v5s) curiosity killed the cat

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キュリオシティー

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Japanese kyurioshitii / kyurioshiti / キュリオシティー Japanese curiosity

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好奇心は猫をも殺す

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Japanese koukishinhanekoomokorosu / kokishinhanekoomokorosu / こうきしんはねこをもころす Japanese (expression) (proverb) (See 好奇心猫を殺す) curiosity killed the cat

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野次馬根性;弥次馬根性

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Japanese yajiumakonjou / yajiumakonjo / やじうまこんじょう Japanese the spirit of curiosity

物好き(P);もの好き;物数奇

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Japanese monozuki / ものずき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (idle) curiosity; whimsical; (having) strange tastes

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Curious
Inquisitive
好奇kouki / kokihào qí / hao4 qi2 / hao qi / haoqihao ch`i / haochi / hao chi



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