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The Collaborative International Dictionary

nosey \nosey\ adj. Offensively or intrusively curious; prying; nosy; as, a nosy neighbor.

Syn: inquisitorial, nosy, prying, snoopy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see nosy.


a. (alternative spelling of nosy English)


adj. offensively curious or inquisitive; "curious about the neighbor's doings"; "he flipped through my letters in his nosy way"; "prying eyes"; "the snoopy neighbor watched us all day" [syn: nosy, prying, snoopy]


Nosy or Nosey is an adjective for a person who is overly inquisitive about other people's affairs - see Intrusiveness. It may also refer to:

  • Nosy, a village in Poland
  • Nosy (album), a 2009 studio album by the Portuguese singer Gomo
  • "Nosey", nickname of Art Gauthier (1904-1977), Canadian ice hockey player
  • "Nosey", nickname of Aloysius Parker, a fictional character in the British mid-1960s Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds and several films
  • Nosey Barbon, a character in the 1958 British film The Horse's Mouth

Usage examples of "nosey".

Between what McCarthy told us and what the nosey staff up above in the Shelbourne say, we have a rough-and-ready Identikit of this fella.

I said next thing down the hill whee and off out into the open country again cows looking over ditches, where are you off to Francie mind your own business you nosey heifer bastards, watch out dandelions here I come!

She walked rapidly past a row of arborvitae that prevented anyone in the school office from seeing her--especially nosey Miss Craig, the pinched-faced attendance person--then dashed around the bus barns.

Petra and Nosey the Jack Russell walked down the track towards Jinny Hoolets pond.

The gawks, being an intelligent species, demonstrated a fair degree of curiosity, but Nosey much more so than the rest.

He shouted for an ostler, tied Nosey to a metal ring on the stableyard wall and gave the dog a bowl of water before, carrying his map and weapons, he limped into the silent house.

Tax collectors, land grabbers, nosey do-gooders more self-righteous than any Bible-poundin' preacher ever born!

The expression on Tracy's face bespoke a marked lack of affection: managing directors do not take kindly to being called nosey bastards.

He considered, rather guiltily, making a few more thunder lizards in the hope that they might eat the intruders before they got too nosey, but then dismissed the thought as being unworthy of a modern, forward-thinking deity.

In fact, the disreputable look of the girl in her underclothed condition might usefully keep the locals, who would otherwise be nosey, at a distance.