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nosy

adjective (nosier, nosiest) (also nosey)     /ˈnəʊ.zi/ US  /ˈnoʊ-/ disapproving
C2 too interested in what other people are doing and wanting to discover too much about them: She was complaining about her nosy parents.CuriosityQuestioning people and asking questions in generalSuspecting and questioning nosily     /-zɪ.li/ adverb "Who was that on the phone?" she asked nosily.CuriosityQuestioning people and asking questions in generalSuspecting and questioning nosiness     /-nəs/ noun [U] CuriosityQuestioning people and asking questions in generalSuspecting and questioning
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