Nosy Parker


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nosy parker

n
informal a prying person
[C20: apparently arbitrary use of surname Parker]
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Nos′y

(or nos′y) Par′ker,



n.
a persistently nosy person.
[1905–10]
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Translations

nosy parker

nosey parker n (Brit) (fam) → ficcanaso m/f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
'They call her Nosy Parker. She's always reporting things and phoning us up."
He had an extremely long nose and was extremely inquisitive, hence the expression "Nosy Parker".
So I'm becoming a nosy parker myself by visiting the countryside to see for myself.
GRAND DESIGNS (Channel 4, 8pm) KEVIN McCloud turns professional nosy parker as he heads back to some of his old Grand Designs to see whether they are still standing tall or if the whole thing fell flat.
And self-confessed nosy parker Anne Robinson is off on a road trip to ask people loads of awkward questions about money and learn about our spending habits.
They need their feet on the ground, knocking on doors and sometimes being a nosy parker.
That nosy parker Keith Lemon (right) rifles through the private effects of mystery celeb guests in this special, with regular Dave Berry.
Josiah has a bodyguard because during her last foray into amateur investigating, or being a "nosy Parker," she and her assailant fell off a forty-foot cliff and her dog was shot.
I hasten to add it is not an excuse for nosy parker do- gooders, to have a field day, but up to every decent human being to be watchful of defenceless children and stop the suffering this little girl went through before she died.
John Burgess, whose character "Bing" sparred with the stiletto-wearing nosy parker for many years, said: "Gladys had a refinement, a delicacy and an elegance.