variants or nosey
nosier; nosiest
: of prying or inquisitive (see inquisitive sense 2) disposition or quality : intrusive
nosy reporters
nosy neighbors
nosily adverb
nosiness noun

Examples of nosy in a Sentence

nosy in-laws asking about our finances a nosy coworker sat down right next to us as we were having an unmistakably private conversation
Recent Examples on the Web The show has been laying the groundwork for this twist all season, especially with the introduction of Mira Sorvino’s new role as the empathetic, but nosy neighbor, Ruth. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 Calvin and Elizabeth's neighbor Harriet, for instance, is no longer a nosy neighbor spying on Elizabeth out of boredom. Eliana Dockterman, TIME, 13 Oct. 2023 At one end is Francesca’s kitchen, and at the other, the house of their eternally fussing neighbors, Charlie (Christopher Bloch) and nosy but reliable Marge (Rayanne Gonzales). Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2023 Your friendly neighbor/nosy mother-in-law/neatnik best friend is stopping by your place in 30 minutes. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 Claim to Fame continues to delight nosy pop culture fanatics and reality show lovers alike. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 14 Aug. 2023 Her editor then decides to send her to a cozy cabin in the country, far away from any nosy fans and distractions. Josie Howell |, al, 13 Aug. 2023 The zippered top-layer privacy pouch hides your gear from nosy neighbors and is perfect for storing smaller loose items like ID or credit cards, coins, earbud cases, or your passport. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 17 Aug. 2023 Their quiet lives change when an alien spaceship crash-lands in Milton’s backyard, which is conveniently remote and protected from nosy neighbors by a tall fence. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


nose entry 1

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nosy was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near nosy

Cite this Entry

“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or nosey
nosier; nosiest
: of a prying or inquisitive disposition or quality : intrusive
nosily adverb
nosiness noun

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