nosey


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nos·ey

 (nō′zē)
adj.
Variant of nosy.
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nosey

(ˈnəʊzɪ)
adj
a variant spelling of nosy
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nos•y

or nos•ey

(ˈnoʊ zi)

adj. nos•i•er, nos•i•est.
unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying.
[1880–85]
nos′i•ly, adv.
nos′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nosey - 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"
curious - eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); "a curious child is a teacher's delight"; "a trap door that made me curious"; "curious investigators"; "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"; "curious about the neighbor's doings"
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nosey

nosy
adjective inquisitive, curious, intrusive, prying, eavesdropping, snooping (informal), busybody He whispered to avoid being overheard by their nosey neighbours.
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nosy

or nosey
adjective
Informal. Unduly interested in the affairs of others:
Informal: snoopy.
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Translations

nosey

[ˈnəʊzɪ] ADJ (nosier (compar) (nosiest (superl))) → entrometido
don't be so nosey!¡no seas tan entrometido!
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

nosey

nosy [ˈnəʊzi] adjcurieux/euse
Don't be so nosey! → Ne sois pas si curieux!, Ne sois pas si indiscret!
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References in classic literature ?
It's bad enough that a gang of infernal Jews should plant us here, where there's no earthly English interest to serve, and all hell beating up against us, simply because Nosey Zimmern has lent money to half the Cabinet.
It was Amebos that told Olofofos who eventually told Nosey Parker about the current travails of this fine-boy actor in the English version of Nollywood whose marriage is currently under threat.
Three games of bingo were played with Crown Princess Nosey Posey Shirley Harris, Lady Blue Rose Mary Rivera and Most Royal Court Jester Roma Wilson all winning prizes.
The Nosey Shade's proprietary features insure that a driver is not visible to others around them when stopped at a light or parked.
Nosey Barker had been given a bit of a break prior to that run so he may have perhaps needed it a little and while he is not one of Richard Hannon's stars, it will be disappointing if he cannot take a hand in the finish.
"The things that I rate about myself - I like to talk to people and I'm nosey."
"He said he did not open them to find cash, but that he was simply being nosey. "Some items were minus their contents, but he denied stealing them." Mr Dove said the trolley was found almost a year after Sullivan, who worked for Royal Mail for more than 23 years, was "dismissed" in March last year.
And although many of us like to chat, nearly one in five find their neighbours a little bit too nosey. The same number gets aggrieved when they return home to discover their favourite car-parking space is occupied.
NOSEY NORA and Mr Snuggly Wuggle are just two of the crazy bus names creative pupils from across Teesside have given to a brand new pounds 1.5m fleet.
Batemans Brewery of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, England and SBS-Imports of Seattle, Washington are pleased to announce the premier of Batemans Rosey Nosey Holiday Ale in the United States.
My nosey mum literally saved me from getting hurt."