\ 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 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 Their two-person show attracts the attention of a nosy detective (Welket Bungué) and mousy organ registrar (Stewart), as authorities attempt to keep tabs and crack down on these radical mutations. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 3 June 2022 The Right Mind-Set: Back at the office, the gossip, the loud talkers and the nosy colleagues are making a comeback. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Not all nosiness is friendly, but not all friendliness is nosy, either. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Loss is a statement of fact; the subject matter is both uncomfortable and sad enough to keep even the most nosy from inquiring further. SELF, 2 June 2022 The nosy neighbor character Agnes (portrayed by Kathryn Hahn) is shown to be iconic villain Agatha Harkness toward the end of the first season of the sitcom parody based on a Marvel comic. Robert Marich, Variety, 23 May 2022 Populating these pages are apparitions who wage war, in various ways, on social norms: a nosy aunt, a couple of persistent saleswomen, a mother’s unseen helper. The Atlantic, 16 May 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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22 Jul 2022

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“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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