American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Given to prying into the affairs of others; snoopy. See Synonyms at curious.
- adj. Informal Prying; inquisitive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a large or prominent nose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Offensively or intrusively curious; prying; nosey.
- adj. offensively curious or inquisitive
“Sadly, it washed off but not before certain nosy neighbors were suitably horrified ..”
“As a student of human nature another word for "nosy" I followed them to see what happened, as did another man who began to ask questions of the police.”
“And it largely worked because people instinctively recoil at the idea of nosy creeps like Starr rifling through other people's underwear drawers.”
“This morning a group of so-po bloggers walked with other NGOs and political parties peeved with the 50 so-called nosy Australian lawmakers who wanted Malaysia to stop an on-going trial in the name of justice.”
“No subject should be considered too "nosy" between a wife and husband.”
“I know a little girl whose life was saved she was being raped and dismembered in a field because a "nosy" neighbor called the police when she heard something suspicious.”
“I find it easier traveling when I adopt an attitude that is quiet but confident, pleasant but not intrusive, and aware but not "nosy".”
“They need 'nosy' (concerned) neighbors (or volunteers) who watch & record.”
“But my roommate is kind of nosy, and I feel uncomfortable writing entries when he is in the room.”
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