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 Ceramics enthusiasts file in for the Gustaf Westman pop-up shop in Echo Park, pressing themselves against the store to hide away from a nosy sun. Astrid Kayembe, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 Unfortunately for all of Bravo’s nosiest fans, the director’s name was bleeped out every time it was mentioned. Megan McCluskey, TIME, 5 June 2024 Sales happened within seconds and without nosy customs officials or know-your-customer practices to impede criminals. Zachary Small, New York Times, 18 May 2024 What if his mother—or nosy kid sister Hyacinth—saw it? Kari Sonde, TIME, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for nosy 

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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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“Nosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 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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