Definition of stickybeak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɪkɪbiːk/
Australian /NZ informal


1An inquisitive and prying person.
Example sentences
  • Every auction has its stickybeaks, and some of the locals will be sorry to see him and his collection of treasures go.
  • I can vaguely remember some of the comments made by Mr Kirk at the time towards the kinds of professional stickybeaks who poked their noses into things he was doing.
  • I'd have to agree, so get out of it, stickybeak.
1.1 [in singular] An inquisitive or prying look or investigation: guests were invited to have a good old stickybeak around
More example sentences
  • They even contemplated hiring a tour bus to go out to Campbelltown, on the outskirts of Sydney, for a stickybeak.
  • I ambled over to have a stickybeak and saw that he was writing poetry.
  • We're used to people stopping and having a chat if we're in the garden - or even popping up the steps to have a stickybeak if we're not.


[no object]
Pry into other people’s affairs: I don’t mean to stickybeak, but when is he going to leave?
More example sentences
  • He was diabetic, and once when I was about eight I was stickybeaking around the house and walked in on him rolling up his sleeve, balancing his insulin needle between his fingers.
  • Just as we love to stickybeak into other people's houses, we love to know how other people live - no detail is too sordid, no information too personal.
  • She wouldn't stand still, trying to eavesdrop, so my Aunt suggested they go for a drive to stickybeak at my mum's new house.

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