\ 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

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Other Words from nosy

nosily \ ˈnō-​zə-​lē How to pronounce nosily (audio) \ adverb
nosiness \ ˈnō-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce nosiness (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 Meddling sounds like your nosy neighbor getting involved, over the backyard fence, in your family’s squabble. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "We have entered the Trump Unbound era — and journalists need to step it up.," 23 Feb. 2020 In that bright, smug milieu, Ellen is trapped and watched—by the nosy neighbor, the officious postman, even the cute but insistent little boy who keeps dropping by with his toy TV and six-shooters. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "“Cause for Alarm!,” a Film Noir That Feels Accidentally Feminist," 21 Feb. 2020 The bureau is a secretive, nosy national police force in a country that originally made law enforcement the responsibility of the states. Robert G. Kaiser, The New York Review of Books, "Fear and Loathing and the FBI," 11 Feb. 2020 Nearly all of those hours are devoted to onstage interviews conducted by a tuxedoed, 43-year-old television presenter named Daithi O Se (pronounced DAW-Hee Oh-Shay), who seems like a cross between a game show host and a nosy uncle. David Segal, New York Times, "Who’s Irish Now?," 27 Sep. 2019 Even the nosiest local governments can’t roam the streets to peek into windows and identify illicit incandescent bulbs. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Trump Administration Rolls Back LED Light Bulb Standards," 27 Dec. 2019 But now my partner’s uncles (Hispanic families are nosy and complicated) have found out and are outraged at the idea. New York Times, "What Do I Owe My Free-Spending, Hard-Luck Parents?," 24 Oct. 2019 Joey released a stream of comic comments tinged with nosy neighbor observations. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Waco, Tex., needed fixing. Luckily, Chip and Joanna Gaines had the tools.," 6 Dec. 2019 Jones and other experts said CJNG and other cartels often use unlikely rural areas near cities for storing and distributing drugs, away from heavy policing and nosy neighbors. Chris Kenning, courier-journal.com, "‘Right under your nose’: A Mexican cartel turned this rural area into a hidden cocaine hub," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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9 Mar 2020

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“Nosy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nosy. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nosy

informal + disapproving : wanting to know about other people's lives, problems, etc.
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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