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adjective, nos·i·er, nos·i·est.
  1. unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
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Origin of nosy

First recorded in 1880–85; nose + -y1
Related formsnos·i·ly, adverbnos·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for nosy

inquisitive, intrusive, meddlesome, interested, personal, searching, inquisitorial, interfering, snoopy, eavesdropping, snooping

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adjective nosier or nosiest
  1. informal prying or inquisitive
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Derived Formsnosily, adverbnosiness, noun
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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.

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