nosy osy adj. Offensively or intrusively curious; prying; nosey; as, he flipped through my letters in his nosy way.

Syn: inquisitorial, nosey, prying, snoopy. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • nosy — (adj.) also nosey, 1610s, having a prominent nose, from NOSE (Cf. nose) (n.) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Earlier in this sense was nasee (mid 14c.), from Anglo French, from O.Fr. nasé, ultimately from L. nasus nose. Sense of inquisitive first recorded 1882 …   Etymology dictionary

  • nosy — *curious, inquisitive, prying, snoopy Analogous words: meddlesome, *impertinent, intrusive, obtrusive …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • nosy — meaning ‘inquisitive’, is spelt this way in preference to nosey …   Modern English usage

  • nosy — [adj] curious; prying eavesdropping, inquisitive, inquisitorial, inquisitory, interested, interfering, intermeddling, intrusive, meddlesome, personal, searching, snooping, snoopy; concept 401 Ant. indifferent, uncaring, unconcerned, uninterested …   New thesaurus

  • nosy — (also nosey) ► ADJECTIVE (nosier, nosiest) informal ▪ too inquisitive about other people s affairs. DERIVATIVES nosily adverb nosiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • nosy — [nō′zē] adj. nosier, nosiest [ NOS(E) + Y3] Informal given to prying; inquisitive nosily adv. nosiness n …   English World dictionary

  • Nosy — For the term meaning inquisitive , see Nosey Parker. Nosy   Village   …   Wikipedia

  • nosy — nos|y1 nosey [ˈnəuzi US ˈnou ] adj comparative nosier superlative nosiest always wanting to find out things that do not concern you, especially other people s private affairs ▪ Don t be so nosy! It s none of your business. ▪ a nosy neighbor… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nosy — [[t]no͟ʊzi[/t]] nosier, nosiest also nosey ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as nosy, you mean that they are interested in things which do not concern them. [INFORMAL] He was having to whisper in order to avoid being overheard by… …   English dictionary

  • nosy — UK [ˈnəʊzɪ] / US [ˈnoʊzɪ] adjective Word forms nosy : adjective nosy comparative nosier superlative nosiest showing disapproval wanting to know about things that involve other people but not you Don t be so nosy! Derived word: nosiness noun… …   English dictionary

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