Definition of nosy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnōzē/
(also nosey) informal

adjective (nosier, nosiest)

(Of a person or their behavior) showing too much curiosity about other people’s affairs: he had to whisper to avoid being overheard by their nosy neighbors
More example sentences
  • By now some of the more nosey neighbors were peering out of their doors with curiosity.
  • As if the nosy neighbours hadn't been curious enough, Brian definitely made an entrance nobody would forget.
  • They've just moved there, but nosy neighbours begin to wonder about precisely where her father is, seeing as no one's laid eyes on him for months.
prying, inquisitive, curious, spying, eavesdropping, intrusive
informal snooping, snoopy


[no object]
Pry into something: they don’t nosy into your business like some people
More example sentences
  • We're nosying around a suite at London's Charlotte Street Hotel while the photographer sets up.
  • Mind you, I'm always noseying at books and coveting.
  • But I also just adore noseying at other people's snapshots.



Pronunciation: /ˈnōzilē/
Example sentences
  • She flashed it at the conductor briefly, and then stopped as she noticed a slip of paper sticking out of the back - she unfolded it, and I peered nosily to the right to catch a glimpse.
  • ‘Lacey Green’, I smiled nicely and peered inside their apartment nosily.
  • I fidgeted as some passers-by glanced at me nosily.


Pronunciation: /ˈnōzēnəs/
Example sentences
  • He was attracting quite a bit of attention on the first day - pure curiosity and nosiness.
  • His inherent nosiness, his interest in people, made him a great reporter.
  • With all of David's prodding, Selina found herself slipping up and mistaking his nosiness for actual interest in her, though he said otherwise.

Words that rhyme with nosy

cosy (US cozy), dozy, Josie, mafiosi, mosey, posey, posy, prosy, Rosie, rosy

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Syllabification: nos·y

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