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nosey

[noh-zee] /ˈnoʊ zi/
adjective, nosier, nosiest.
1.
nosy.

nosy

or nosey

[noh-zee] /ˈnoʊ zi/
adjective, nosier, nosiest.
1.
unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
Origin of nosy
1880-1885
1880-85; nose + -y1
Related forms
nosily, adverb
nosiness, noun
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Examples from the Web for nosey
Historical Examples
  • In course of time it was ascertained that he had called at nosey's hut on his way home.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • nosey Murphy hesitated and looked to the Maltese Cockney for counsel.

  • nosey Murphy asked, as the steward served the supplies down to him from the poop.

  • Remember that fight he had with nosey, last winter he was with Bashford?

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • As soon as he saw nosey he exclaimed, "Hello, nosey, is that you?"

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • Why should not nosey Bashford like to watch her as well as you?

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • All of which must have pleased nosey Murphy, for, as he continued to hold the turn and coil down, he kept a critical eye on Davis.

  • I'd broke nosey's beak for him long before that, fightin' when we was kids.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • The death of nosey, however, appeared to astonish Steel Spring, for when he was allowed to see the body he grew pathetic.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures William H. Thomes
  • nosey Flynn made swift passes in the air with juggling fingers.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for nosey

nosey

/ˈnəʊzɪ/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of nosy

nosy

/ˈnəʊzɪ/
adjective nosier, nosiest
1.
(informal) prying or inquisitive
Derived Forms
nosily, adverb
nosiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nosey
adj.

see nosy.

nosy

adj.

also nosey, 1610s, "having a prominent nose," from nose (n.) + -y (2). Earlier in this sense was nasee (mid-14c.), from Anglo-French, from Old French nasé, ultimately from Latin nasus "nose." Sense of "inquisitive" first recorded 1882. Nosey Parker as a name for an inquisitive person is from 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nosey

nosy

adjective

Inquisitive, esp overly so; prying: Everyone on the staff must be super nosy/ We shall not be nosey (1882+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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