\ 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 As well as the judge, jury and sometimes several defendants, each trial involves a phalanx of barristers and solicitors, court officials, witnesses, victims, relatives, journalists and the merely nosy. The Economist, "Rough justice How to get jury trials back on track," 11 June 2020 These days, even the nosiest monitors are disinclined to travel. The Economist, "We don’t need no observation Covid-19 helps ballot-dodgers in Africa," 16 May 2020 Perhaps the most difficult thing about the new era of telework won’t be the nosy bosses, but the absence of co-workers in general. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "The End of Office Life as We Know It," 4 May 2020 Us, hilarity ensues when nosy next-door neighbor Adam Klein pops by and becomes convinced that the expired tub of margarine in the refrigerator is actually a hidden immunity idol. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War recap: Criminal behavior," 30 Apr. 2020 To demonstrate the problem, Soltani imagines a nosy neighbor setting up a camera outside their window and recording the face of everyone who walks by. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Does Covid-19 Contact Tracing Pose a Privacy Risk? Your Questions, Answered," 17 Apr. 2020 My gripe is, why do people have to be so nosy and blunt about my condition? Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: New parents go dark with happy news," 22 Oct. 2019 As your granddaughters will observe your response, these are opportunities to teach them how to deflect nosy questions without getting into altercations. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Set an example by gracefully deflecting nosy questions," 29 Oct. 2019 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

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Nosy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nosy. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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