\ 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 Moments of laugh-out-loud prose punctuate the novel, including a description of Dimple’s nosy White neighbor, Karen, who, true to her name, suspects Dimple and her siblings of illicit activity, based solely on their Blackness. Meena Venkataramanan, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Bears, frogs, bats, elephants, giraffes and more assess humankind as loud, messy and nosy — but also cute and cuddly. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 No big announcement, no nosy questions, just some sweet photos of them showing up to a restaurant in near-identical pants or getting together for a picnic. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 Soon after, Guy, a struggling actor, lands a plum role on Broadway, while Rosemary, who has become pregnant, begins to suspect their good fortune is the result of their nosy neighbors’ satanic foul play. Alice Mcdermott, New York Times, 22 June 2022 On top of all that, Mable, Charles, and Oliver also have to deal with of classic scourge of nosy New York City neighbors. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2022 Amid the mysterious visitors and intergalactic vistas of the eight-episode storyline is a sprinkling of the naturalistic nuances of everyday life — doctor visits, nosy neighbors and a grandchild’s concern for her aging grandparents. Jim Cooke, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Populated with gods, nymphs and three nosy Fates, the musical sets the tale of the tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice into a vaguely Prohibition-era setting on Earth. oregonlive, 13 July 2022 If any microbial life was around at the time, it might have been flattened into these layers and preserved to this day—a thrilling prospect for the nosy aliens next door who are wondering whether life arose elsewhere in the solar system. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 6 July 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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2 Oct 2022

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“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 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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