or nos·ey


adjective, nos·i·er, nos·i·est.

unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.

Origin of nosy

First recorded in 1880–85; nose + -y1
Related formsnos·i·ly, adverbnos·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nosiness

Historical Examples of nosiness

  • In fact, nosiness and prying are unbecoming at any time, and in no one more than in a military officer.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense

British Dictionary definitions for nosiness



adjective nosier or nosiest

informal prying or inquisitive
Derived Formsnosily, adverbnosiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nosiness



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.

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