nosy


nosy

adjective, nos·i·er, nos·i·est.

  1. unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.

adjective nosier or nosiest

  1. informal prying or inquisitive

adj.also nosey, 1610s, “having a prominent nose,” from nose (n.) + -y (2). Earlier in this sense was nasee (mid-14c.), from Anglo-French, from Old French nasé, ultimately from Latin nasus “nose.” Sense of “inquisitive” first recorded 1882. Nosey Parker as a name for an inquisitive person is from 1907.

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