adjective, nos·i·er, nos·i·est.
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What does nosey mean?
Nosey is used to describe someone who asks too many questions about or otherwise prys into other people’s business because they are overly curious about it. It’s especially used to describe someone who does this all the time.
Nosey is more commonly spelled nosy.
People who are considered nosey are known for prying, snooping, asking overly personal questions, eavesdropping (listening to other people’s conversations), and generally nosing into other people’s business.
Nosey can also be used to describe such a person’s behavior and the kinds of questions they ask, as in I ignored all of his nosey questions about my medical history.
Although the term implies a lack of respect for other people’s privacy, calling someone nosey is usually only mildly negative and is often somewhat playful. It’s not usually used in situations that involve serious or harmful violations of privacy.
The word is sometimes used to address or refer to someone as a way of saying that they are nosey, as in Hey, nosey, quit looking in my notebook.
Example: My neighbor is as nosey as they get—she always asks where I’m going when I leave and where I’ve been when I get back!
Where does nosey come from?
The first records of nosey come from the 1800s. The word nose has been used as a verb meaning “to pry” since at least the 1600s.
This figurative sense of nose is based on the idea of searching for something by using one’s sense of smell. The phrases nose about, nose around, and sniff around mean to look around for something, especially something private or hidden. In many cases, they imply that someone is not looking for something specific—they’re just snooping around to see what they can find. This is exactly what a nosey person does.
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What are some other forms related to nosey?
- nosy (more common spelling)
- nosier (comparative adjective)
- nosiest (superlative adjective)
- nosily (adverb)
- nosiness (noun)
What are some synonyms for nosey?
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How is nosey used in real life?
Nosey is typically used in a mildly negative way. People sometimes even call themselves nosey to acknowledge that they’re overly curious about other people’s business. It’s more commonly spelled nosy.
Community fb pages are the worst thing ever sometimes. Don’t be so nosey about other people’s business.
— Lauren (@LaurenHaddock) October 20, 2017
I am so nosey I will literally stop BREATHING to hear a conversation😭😂😂❗️💯
— M E R D A™️ (@Merda2much) November 28, 2018
i am so nosey … i wanna know what you’re doing when where why how and with who
— parker (@parker_hogan4) February 18, 2019
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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to describe someone who’s considered nosey?
Example sentences from the Web for nosey
FOIA is a law that allows nosey members of the public and journalists to request records about government activities, and the government must respond to those requests within 20 business days.
Knows he that never took a pinch, Nosey, the pleasure thence which flows, Knows he the titillating joysWhich my nose knows?The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
My old pals never nose upon me—eh, Nosey—always help one out of the water—always staunch.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
Nosey's only reply was a snarl that might have meant anything—except friendliness.
Mr. Aymer entered with the wheel, and Nosey Bashford struggled to his knees, still pointing his shaking finger.
Nosey gi'ed his head anither shake, and looked uncommon wise.