- unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
Origin of nosy
Examples from the Web for nosy
Edmund is now 4, and is a giggly, sociable, nosy, occasionally impertinent boy.The Cost of Raising a Special Needs Son
June 11, 2014
But often they simply conceal their activities from friends and family, rather than put up with a lot of nosy questions.Louie’s Elevator Romance: Can Love Exist Without Sex?
May 30, 2014
Unfortunately, the mission soon goes haywire when a group of menacing Miami mobsters—and the nosy Rosalyn—get involved.‘American Hustle’: A Sexy, Gleefully Chaotic Caper Starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence
December 10, 2013
Pfleger urges all who will listen to ignore the street stigma about snitching and become what he calls “nosy neighbors.”Spike in Shootings, Murders Creates ‘Wild, Wild Midwest’ Effect in Chicago
June 13, 2012
Then, drying her tears, which nosy flowed abundantly, Mdlle.The Wandering Jew, Complete
I didn't like to ask too many questions for I might have got fired for being too nosy.An American Hobo in Europe
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
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
- informal prying or inquisitive
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.