Definition of nosy parker in US English:

nosy parker

(also Nosy Parker)


  • An overly inquisitive person.

    • ‘Also, there's a few nosy parkers in the opposite 'van, with a lot of coming and going, and they've been not only been threatened with eviction, but had a few things thrown at their door by passing footballers.’
    • ‘This is done quite frequently by our bureaucrats when they lose an FOI battle, less out of spite than to deliver a warning to media nosy parkers that they're not going to get any scoops, so why go to all the trouble?’
    • ‘It will encourage nosy parkers, and in the longer term it will discourage able people from putting their names forward to stand for Parliament.’
    • ‘One states one's grounds, and the judge considers whether one is being a nosy parker, a political troublemaker, or someone who has a legitimate interest and concern.’
    • ‘From the side, nosy parkers just see a blank screen.’
    • ‘A nation of nosy parkers, we just can't resist the chance to see what became of the twit we sat next to in maths, or if we've finally managed to outdo little miss marvellously witty, beautiful, intelligent, can-do-no-wrong.’
    • ‘I haven't even told Hillary about Carey, much less the nosy parker of Sunrise.’
    • ‘I want to get the overall feel of everything, nosy parker that I am.’
    • ‘All local budding Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christies and other nosy parkers were running around last weekend trying to figure out what happened Friday Night at Bowmore Point.’
    • ‘‘Maybe you'll get a job as a nosy parker some day,’ she said and everyone laughed.’
    • ‘Flesh Sunday's narrator is a nosy parker who mistakes a murderer for a fellow peeping tom.’
    eavesdropper, pryer, interferer, meddler, busybody
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Early 20th century: from the postcard caption ‘The Adventures of Nosey Parker’, referring to a peeping Tom in Hyde Park.


nosy parker

/ˈnōzē ˈpärkər/