\ˈnō-zē \
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 \ adverb
nosiness \ ˈnō-​zē-​nəs \ 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

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And Trump, for his part, doesn’t want reporters asking nosy questions. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: In Trump’s White House, It’s 1984," 29 July 2018 The foursome becomes a bickering, Gatorade-drinking Scooby gang out to solve the murders while also dealing with other townsfolk, including Mila’s crush (who's also Riley’s big brother), a nosy school newspaper reporter and a pack of biker ladies. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Four hot novels for teens to dive into this summer vacation," 3 July 2018 For celebrities, this crowd is their fans and nosy journalists (hi!). Rebecca Farley,, "The Sorcery Of A Secret Celebrity Wedding In 2018," 29 June 2018 Or your nosy neighbor, eager to poll you on whether that mole on her back looks more like Drew or Jonathan Scott. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Smart Doorbell, Like Nest Hello Or Ring," 6 July 2018 My hours on YouTube loomed large on a bar graph - tsk-tsking me like a nosy, judgmental friend. William Wan,, "I had a bit of an app addiction. Until these apps saved me.," 5 July 2018 To do so, HP started using premium materials to make its PCs more appealing and introduced technologies such as one that dims a laptop screen’s visible light when viewed from an angle, so nosy neighbors can’t snoop. Jay Greene, WSJ, "How HP Survives in a Shrinking PC Market," 21 May 2018 Less than an hour before their arrival, the grounds of the estate, which is owned by the National Trust, were closed to the public to keep nosy onlookers and the press away. Diana Pearl,, "Meghan Markle Arrives at Hotel with Mom and Says She's Feeling 'Wonderful' on Royal Wedding Eve," 18 May 2018 Whether that’s voyeuristic of judgmental or nosy depends on your definition., "Why Curtis Sittenfeld Will (Probably) Never Write a Melania Trump Novel," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of nosy

: 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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