Definition of stickybeak in English:



Australian, NZ
  • 1An inquisitive and prying person.

    • ‘I'd have to agree, so get out of it, stickybeak.’
    • ‘I can vaguely remember some of the comments made by Mr Kirk at the time towards the kinds of professional stickybeaks who poked their noses into things he was doing.’
    • ‘Every auction has its stickybeaks, and some of the locals will be sorry to see him and his collection of treasures go.’
    1. 1.1in singular An inquisitive or prying look or investigation.
      ‘guests were invited to have a good old stickybeak around’
      • ‘We're used to people stopping and having a chat if we're in the garden - or even popping up the steps to have a stickybeak if we're not.’
      • ‘I ambled over to have a stickybeak and saw that he was writing poetry.’
      • ‘My grandmother loves nothing more than a stickybeak so off they go, leaving mum and Poppy free to talk.’
      • ‘They even contemplated hiring a tour bus to go out to Campbelltown, on the outskirts of Sydney, for a stickybeak.’
      eavesdropper, pryer, interferer, meddler, busybody
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[no object]Australian, NZ
  • Pry into other people's affairs.

    ‘I don't mean to stickybeak, but when is he going to leave?’
    • ‘She wouldn't stand still, trying to eavesdrop, so my Aunt suggested they go for a drive to stickybeak at my mum's new house.’
    • ‘She did work at the Games, so on a few occasions was able to go into the village and stickybeak at the famous faces.’
    • ‘He was diabetic, and once when I was about eight I was stickybeaking around the house and walked in on him rolling up his sleeve, balancing his insulin needle between his fingers.’
    • ‘Just as we love to stickybeak into other people's houses, we love to know how other people live - no detail is too sordid, no information too personal.’
    listen in, spy, intrude
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