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[noh-zee] /ˈnoʊ zi/
adjective, nosier, nosiest.
unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
Origin of nosy
First recorded in 1880-85; nose + -y1
Related forms
nosily, adverb
nosiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Then, drying her tears, which nosy flowed abundantly, Mdlle.

  • I didn't like to ask too many questions for I might have got fired for being too nosy.

  • Has a big thug with him all the time, and takes exception to people gettin' nosy.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Thornton is a nosy man and it will delight his soul to boss your servants and see that cheating tradesmen are kept in check.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • Being the nosy child I was, every once in a while I would look him up in the phone book so I knew he existed.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He knew that Jerry was entirely trustworthy, but his friend was also a nosy reporter who would try to pump the girl.

British Dictionary definitions for nosy


adjective nosier, nosiest
(informal) prying or inquisitive
Derived Forms
nosily, adverb
nosiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nosy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nosy



Inquisitive, esp overly so; prying: Everyone on the staff must be super nosy/ We shall not be nosey (1882+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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