- unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
Origin of nosy
Related Words for nosinesseagerness, inquisitiveness, regard, meddling, questioning, curiousness, investigation, interest, prying, concern, interestingness, intrusiveness, officiousness, searching, snooping
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In fact, nosiness and prying are unbecoming at any time, and in no one more than in a military officer.The Armed Forces Officer
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- informal prying or inquisitive
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.