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“Nebby” Means “Nosy”

The term nebby, meaning meddlesome or nosy, literally derives from the word neb, or “nose,” a term that’s been around in English for more than a thousand years. Despite what you might guess, nebby is unrelated to the Yiddish word...

Nebby

The phrase to be nebby is heard particularly in Western Pennsylvania, and means to be “picky” or “gossipy.” Originally, it meant “nosy” or “snooping.” Nebby is a vestige of Scots-Irish, where the word...

Nebby

If someone is being nibby or nebby, they’re nosy. This Western Pennsylvania term goes back to the old Scottish term nib or neb, meaning nose. This is part of a complete episode.

alligator

alligator  n.— «In the summer, there are lots of retreads.…We refer to them as alligators because they’re heavy and have steel in the treads so they can bite you.» —“Retired engineer now a highway angel” by Sarah...

office wife

office wife  n.— «“I’m not very much pleased with the way you and Ted Jones and Jim Farrel cut up. They call you ‘our office wife’ and act as if they had known you all their lives.” “Office wife?” repeated Helen...

gamer

gamer  n.— «He runs. He throws. He catches. What Crouch showed them is that he’s a gamer, and maybe this is the year a gamer wins.» —“Solich, Huskers really special” by Tom Shael Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) Oct...