Is there a word or phrase for describing a person who is always curious? Curiosiac?

Example usage (as requested by a comment):

The boy is such a ___, he asks questions all the time!


I appreciate all your answers, but my question was if there was any word - a noun - to describe a person of that kind, e.g. maniac, lunatic, weirdo, nerd, etc.

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    Perpetually curious?
    – NVZ
    May 13, 2016 at 10:23
  • This is definitely not a duplicate, but it would be better if it included an example sentence of how you would want to use the word. May 13, 2016 at 15:39
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    @Nathaniel I added an example as requested. Thanks. May 13, 2016 at 15:58
  • a knowledge-monger
    – Lambie
    Dec 21, 2019 at 19:42

4 Answers 4


Inquisitive, defined by Dictionary.com

  1. given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious:

"an inquisitive mind"

  1. unduly or inappropriately curious; prying

Maybe someone who is "inquisitive"?

Inquisitive (adj): wanting to discover as much as you can about things, sometimes in a way that annoys people.

[Cambridge English Dictionary]


Inquisitive is a good answer but also try pysmatic

Very questioning.

Also, quidnunc

a person who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip

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    Just to add sth, quidnuc, from Latin, literally means "what now".
    – Jonas
    May 13, 2016 at 12:06

"Insatiable curiosity" is the term I've most often seen used in this sense.

There are nouns such as polymath which refer to people who know about lots of diverse topics, but they don't directly imply an insatiable curiosity.

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