Meaning of stickybeak in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstɪkɪbiːk/


informal Australian, New Zealand
  • 1An inquisitive and prying person.

    • ‘Every auction has its stickybeaks, and some of the locals will be sorry to see him and his collection of treasures go.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd have to agree, so get out of it, stickybeak.’
    1. 1.1in singular An inquisitive or prying look or investigation.
      • ‘guests were invited to have a good old stickybeak around’
      • ‘They even contemplated hiring a tour bus to go out to Campbelltown, on the outskirts of Sydney, for a stickybeak.’
      • ‘I ambled over to have a stickybeak and saw that he was writing poetry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My grandmother loves nothing more than a stickybeak so off they go, leaving mum and Poppy free to talk.’
      eavesdropper, pryer, interferer, meddler, busybody


[no object]informal Australian, New Zealand
  • Pry into other people's affairs.

    • ‘I don't mean to stickybeak, but when is he going to leave?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    listen in, spy, intrude