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Inquisitive vs. Nosy

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Inquisitiveadjective

Eager to acquire knowledge.

Nosyadjective

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.’;

Inquisitiveadjective

Too curious; overly interested; nosy.

Nosynoun

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.’;

Inquisitiveadjective

Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer.

‘A wise man is not inquisitive about things impertinent.’;

Nosy

Offensively or intrusively curious; prying; nosey; as, he flipped through my letters in his nosy way.

Inquisitiveadjective

Given to examination, investigation, or research; searching; curious.

‘A young, inquisitive, and sprightly genius.’; ‘[We] curious are to hear,What happens new.’; ‘This folio of four pages [a newspaper], happy work!Which not even critics criticise; that holdsInquisitive attention, while I read.’; ‘Nor need we with a prying eye surveyThe distant skies, to find the Milky Way.’;

Nosyadjective

offensively curious or inquisitive;

‘curious about the neighbor's doings’; ‘he flipped through my letters in his nosy way’; ‘prying eyes’; ‘the snoopy neighbor watched us all day’;

Inquisitivenoun

A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research.

Inquisitiveadjective

showing curiosity;

‘if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive’; ‘raised a speculative eyebrow’;

Inquisitiveadjective

inquiring or appearing to inquire;

‘an inquiring look’; ‘the police are proverbially inquisitive’;

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