See also: носы

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From nose +‎ -y.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnəʊziː/
  • (US) enPR: nō'-zē, IPA(key): /ˈnoʊzi/
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AdjectiveEdit

nosy (comparative nosier or more nosy, superlative nosiest or most nosy)

  1. Prying, inquisitive or curious in other’s affairs; tending to snoop or meddle.
    They built tall fences, yet the nosy neighbors always seemed to know everything about them.
  2. Having a large or elongated nose.
    • 1962, Paul Engle, Golden Child, page 25:
      "Look at you, a handsome man of thirty, with thick brown hair and a nosy nose and enormous feet and hands that can drive a team of horses or a yoke of oxen or," she hesitated in a brief shyness, and then went on, "a loving wife."
    • 1971, William Cooper, You want the right frame of reference, page 22:
      She had the same sort of handsome, square-cut features as Timothy, with the difference that her nose was small and short — it was obvious that Timothy got his thick dark hair, his brown eyes and his nosy nose from his father, that vigorous impresario who had died suddenly of a a heart-attack, his first, two years before the War began.
    • 1982, Art Journal - Volumes 42-43, page 322:
      The problem is particularly acute in caricature when a variety of divergent features is forced into a precarious union, when a "nosy" nose is trying to get along with a hesitant mouth and vigilant eyebrows.
    • 2005, R. G. Crouch, The Coat: The Origin and Times of Doggett's Famous Wager, page 99:
      Nosy in his looks by the large hooked proboscis, which dominated his face, as well as by character, Ebenezer wanted, perhaps even needed, to know everyone's business.

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NounEdit

nosy (plural nosies)

  1. (UK, slang) A look at something to satisfy one's curiosity.
    I might wander down to the construction site for a nosy at what they're building.

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CzechEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nosy

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative/instrumental plural of nos

MalagasyEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *nusa. Compare Malay nusa.

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NounEdit

nosy

  1. island (area of land completely surrounded by water)

PolishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈnɔ.sɨ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔsɨ
  • Syllabification: no‧sy

NounEdit

nosy m inan

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative plural of nos