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Curious, 1) careful, accurate, scrupulous: “if my slight Muse do please these c. days,” Sonn. 38, 13. “letters with sleided silk feat and affectedly enswathed, and sealed to c. secrecy,” Compl. 49. “for c. I cannot be with you, of whom I hear so well,” Shr. IV, 4, 36. “frank nature, rather c. than in haste, hath well composed thee,” All's I, 2, 20. “what care I what c. eye doth quote deformities?” Rom. I, 4, 31. “you shall not find, though you be therein c., the least cause for what you seem to fear,” Ant. III, 2, 35. “I am something c., to have them in safe stowage,” Cymb. I, 6, 191.
2) elegant, nice: “to cross the c. worksmanship of nature,” Ven. 734. “his body couched in a c. bed,” H6C II, 5, 53. “mar a c. tale in telling it,” Lr. I, 4, 35. “he was lapped in a most c. mantle,” Cymb. V, 5, 361. “her face the book of praises, where is read nothing but c. pleasures,” Per. I, 1, 16. “those mothers who, to nousle up their babes, thought nought too c.” I, 4, 43.
3) requiring care, embarrassing: “I am so fraught with c. business that I leave out ceremony,” Wint. IV, 4, 525. “what too c. dreg espies my sweet lady in the fountain of our love?” Troil. III, 2, 70.
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