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 Everyone has met a nosy co-worker more interested in your weekend plans than your professional achievements. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 18 Apr. 2024 Like the unnamed narrator who finds Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter in the Salem Custom House and then sets about telling her tale, Banks’s narrators are anonymous busybodies and town gossips, nosy neighbors or observers once removed from the action. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2024 Metcalf had a supporting role as nosy divorcée Marcie Dahlgren-Frost, who shamelessly flirts with Buck. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 4 Mar. 2024 The couple du jour were photographed by nosy paps looking way more than cozy in the water last Thursday in Harbour Island, northeast of Eleuthera and about 220 miles from Miami. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 Tired of renting vacation homes with obnoxious and nosy neighbors? Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 19 Feb. 2024 There is no end to the nosy, rude and sometimes stupid questions people ask. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 There’s only so many things that can happen to a detective that gets a little bit too nosy in the Power universe. Alamin Yohannes,, 1 Dec. 2023 This Privacy Fence is thicker and more effective than its competition, providing complete privacy from nosy neighbors and passers-by. Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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

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