\ 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 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 Meanwhile, the boys navigate their youth, encountering Bà Giang, a nosy neighbor who becomes a treasured babysitter; Donald, an annoying boy who bullies Tuấn; and Addy, a little girl who befriends Bình. Stefanie Milligan, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2021 Like Jessica, the group of older women are warm, sincere, and unabashedly nosy. Emma Rubin, Vulture, 21 June 2021 There is no shortage of nosy questions that people don’t hesitate to ask these days, as anyone who has read this column is aware. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 1 June 2021 Every spring, Americans flock to their local box store or nursery looking for ornamental plants—something to spruce up their front yard, perhaps, or block out nosy neighbors. Ellie Shechet, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2021 This Much Is True and nosy neighbor Agatha in Marvel’s Wandavision. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 13 May 2021 Humans' tendency to be nosy can be dangerous to wildlife, experts warn. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 22 Apr. 2021 No hex, no family. Agatha sneakily played along inside Wanda’s spell, pretending to be the nosy neighbor who was always conveniently around. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2021 Hahn had in this finale was exposition, save the end when Wanda trapped her in Westview in the nosy neighbor persona as punishment for all the mischief. Chancellor Agard,, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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