- unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
Origin of nosy
Examples from the Web for nosey
Nosey Murphy hesitated and looked to the Maltese Cockney for counsel.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Remember that fight he had with Nosey, last winter he was with Bashford?
Why should not Nosey Bashford like to watch her as well as you?
I'd broke Nosey's beak for him long before that, fightin' when we was kids.
You are too nosey and you talk too damn much with your mouth!Those Times And These
Irvin S. Cobb
- a variant spelling of nosy
- informal prying or inquisitive
Word Origin and History for nosey
also nosey, 1610s, "having a prominent nose," from nose (n.) + -y (2). Earlier in this sense was nasee (mid-14c.), from Anglo-French, from Old French nasé, ultimately from Latin nasus "nose." Sense of "inquisitive" first recorded 1882. Nosey Parker as a name for an inquisitive person is from 1907.