Share this entry

Share this page

stickybeak

Line breaks: sticky|beak
Pronunciation: /ˈstɪkɪbiːk
 
/
Australian /NZ informal

Definition of stickybeak in English:

noun

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.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
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.

Words that rhyme with stickybeak

grosbeakhouseleek

Definition of stickybeak in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day gourmand
Pronunciation: ˈɡʊəmənd
noun
a person who enjoys eating…