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nosy

[noh-zee] /ˈnoʊ zi/
adjective, nosier, nosiest.
1.
unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
Also, nosey.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; nose + -y1
Related forms
nosily, adverb
nosiness, noun
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  • Great idea provided you have enough power and time to fight back nosy deans or academic affairs.
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  • It's odd that society has become simultaneously more isolated and more nosy.
  • For once, all the nosy parents at the park are going to grill you about your stroller instead of the kids riding inside it.
  • And he begins squiring her for walks along the local lanes, to the chagrin of the nosy townsfolk.
  • So you put your computer to sleep and want to protect it from would be thieves or nosy co-workers.
  • But many of us fail to realize how nosy others are about us.
  • Dad bludgeoned the nosy neighbor lady with a blender.
  • Be involved, interested and maybe even nosy when it comes to book choices.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nosy

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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