Definitions

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  • n. An overly inquisitive person, a nosey parker.
  • n. An act of looking at or watching something, especially something which does not directly concern the one looking.
  • v. To pry or snoop.

Etymologies

From sticky +‎ beak; presumably from the metaphor of sticking one′s beak ("nose") where it is not wanted (compare nosy). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I must have missed the link, and I desperately want to have a stickybeak!

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Ladies Lounge

  • I had a stickybeak around the LJ archives, discovered that I didn't have to have a paid account to set up a community I'm a cheapskate, aren't I? so I set up the community:

    Done!

  • This is Mrs Tishell, the biggest stickybeak in Portwenn.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • I'd clearly missed the boat, but being a stickybeak I thought I'd take a peek inside anyway ahead of the official opening that night.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • After a bit of a stickybeak at the Queen's Scottish residence of Holyroodhouse, we made the most of the remaining daylight walking the length of the Royal Mile through the Old Town back to the castle, stopping by the Heart of Midlothian.

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  • The doors of Kirribilli House, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's official Sydney home and neighbouring Admiralty House, the governor-general's Sydney home were thrown open to the public for a bit of a stickybeak.

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  • So, along with jukjuk and dagadaga, there is loli 'candy,' 'nokimap,' 'to tire' (the innocent meaning of knocked up in Australian English is 'fatigued'), stikibik 'mind someone else's business' (Australian stickybeak), krik 'creek,' and of course, bush.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 4

  • Being the incurable stickybeak that I am, I went back thru the archives ’til I found the thread you mentioned.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Newly renovated Ladies Lounge.

  • Perhaps the funniest discussions Tessa I had were about terms like “stickybeak,” and then even American terms I somehow didn’t recognize as being American, possibly because they’re regional.

    “The Mona Lisa”–A Collaboration with Tessa Kum for Halo: Evolutions

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