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Nosey parker

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 09, 2010 at 19:49

In Reply to: Nosey parker posted by GeorgeM on March 09, 2010 at 09:19:

: I was surprised not to find the origin of the phrase "nosey parker" here. Does anyone know its etymology?

Nosey Parker: noun, mainly British. An inquisitive person. 1907 -. D. Craig All nosey parkers in this street (1974 ). [Said to have been applied originally as a nickname to a man who spied on courting couples in Hyde Park, London .]

(From The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang in English Language Reference)