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nos·y / ˈnōzē/ (also nos·ey) inf. • adj. (nos·i·er , nos·i·est ) (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. • v. [intr.] pry into something: they don't nosy into your business like some people. DERIVATIVES: nos·i·ly / -zəlē/ adv. nos·i·ness n.