\ 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 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 Hahn had in this finale was exposition, save the end when Wanda trapped her in Westview in the nosy neighbor persona as punishment for all the mischief. Chancellor Agard,, "WandaVision finale recap: Even an android can cry," 5 Mar. 2021 Wanda’s refuge has become an appropriate punishment for the bad guy: Agatha is stuck forever in nosy neighbor mode. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "WandaVision’s Big Farewell Feels Hopeful Yet Rings Hollow," 5 Mar. 2021 And Wanda didn’t kill her, either; just condemned her to live a quiet life trapped within the role of the nosy neighbor Agnes. Adam B. Vary,, "‘WandaVision’ finale: 6 burning questions on the fate of Agatha, Monica, the twins and more," 6 Mar. 2021 And Wanda proves a quick study by using Agatha’s speech about runes to turn the walls of the Hex itself into a way to steal Agatha’s powers and transform her full-time into Agnes the nosy neighbor. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘Wandavision’ Series Finale Recap: The Lyin’, the Witch and the Wardroid," 5 Mar. 2021 Kathryn Hahn, meanwhile, created a whole new kind of character — the nosy neighbor supervillain. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Elizabeth Olsen made 'WandaVision' must-see TV. But Marvel won the Disney+ show in the end," 5 Mar. 2021 Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes is the nosy yet helpful neighbor, always seemingly there to help spoon-feed Wanda a reality that might not be real, judging from the blips and VCR-like rewinds. Washington Post, "‘WandaVision’ on Disney Plus gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple," 15 Jan. 2021 Agnes, the nosy neighbor, is asking if scenes can be taken from the top. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "That WandaVision Ending Gives Deeper Meaning to a Crossover Event," 5 Feb. 2021 Kathryn Hahn is an utter delight as the nosy next-door neighbor who seems to be hiding a secret. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Wandavision Offers Hope That Originality Can Survive the Era of the Ever-Expanding Franchise," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of nosy

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nosy

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24 Mar 2021

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“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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