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nosy

or nos·ey

[ noh-zee ]
/ ˈnoʊ zi /
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adjective, nos·i·er, nos·i·est.

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

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Origin of nosy

First recorded in 1880–85; nose + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM nosy

nos·i·ly, adverbnos·i·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for nosy

  • 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
  • It was best not to rouse any deeper suspicions by openly noticing her wifely nosiness.

    The Junkmakers|Albert R. Teichner

British Dictionary definitions for nosy

nosy

nosey

/ (ˈnəʊzɪ) /

adjective nosier or nosiest

informal prying or inquisitive

Derived forms of nosy

nosily, adverbnosiness, noun
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