- unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
Origin of nosy
Examples from the Web for nosily
How different was all this from the nosily fierce and clumsily absurd manner of labor-life in Baltimore and St. Michael's!My Bondage and My Freedom
- informal prying or inquisitive
Word Origin and History for nosily
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.