\ ˈnō-zē How to pronounce nosy (audio) \
variants: or nosey
nosier; nosiest

Definition of nosy

: of prying or inquisitive (see inquisitive sense 2) disposition or quality : intrusive nosy reporters nosy neighbors

Other Words from nosy

nosily \ ˈnō-​zə-​lē How to pronounce nosy (audio) \ adverb
nosiness \ ˈnō-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce nosy (audio) \ noun

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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 Not all nosiness is friendly, but not all friendliness is nosy, either. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Loss is a statement of fact; the subject matter is both uncomfortable and sad enough to keep even the most nosy from inquiring further. SELF, 2 June 2022 The nosy neighbor character Agnes (portrayed by Kathryn Hahn) is shown to be iconic villain Agatha Harkness toward the end of the first season of the sitcom parody based on a Marvel comic. Robert Marich, Variety, 23 May 2022 Populating these pages are apparitions who wage war, in various ways, on social norms: a nosy aunt, a couple of persistent saleswomen, a mother’s unseen helper. The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 Thanks to its thick wire mesh, this hutch also allows for maximum ventilation while preventing your pets from escaping—and keeps nosy dogs or cats gaining entry. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 12 Apr. 2022 Still, keeping it to themselves faces new challenges, with a nosy neighbor (Adam Bartley) and the arrival of a mysterious stranger (Chai Hansen) complicating their until-now pretty staid lives. Brian Lowry, CNN, 20 May 2022 Sheridan was also remembered for her recurring role as nosy neighbor Raquel Ochmonek on NBC comedy ALF from 1986 to 1990. Marc Berman, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2022 Liz Sheridan, the veteran actress best known for playing Jerry's adoring mother on Seinfeld and the nosy neighbor Mrs. Ochmonek on ALF, died in her sleep of natural causes early Friday morning. Christian Holub,, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nosy

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nosy

nose entry 1

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16 Jun 2022

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“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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variants: or nosey \ ˈnō-​zē \
nosier; nosiest

Kids Definition of nosy

: wanting to know about someone else's business nosy neighbors

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