busy·​body | \ ˈbi-zē-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce busybody (audio) \

Definition of busybody

: an officious or inquisitive person

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Examples of busybody in a Sentence

The neighborhood busybody is telling everyone that the couple up the street is getting divorced. that busybody across the street is always telling me how to tend to my own garden
Recent Examples on the Web The busybodies are still there, lecturing and occasionally yelling, somehow no more helpful than before, even in this golden opportunity for giving advice. John Herrman, New York Times, "Nextdoor Pivots to Neighborliness," 25 Mar. 2020 Fans of bargain-bin ’80s horror will find plenty to enjoy: a hair metal soundtrack, girls with feathered bangs, guys in mesh tank tops, studded headbands and a busybody preacher. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "Spriiiing Breeeak, at Home," 19 Mar. 2020 Five singers portrayed the 30 characters, including most of those who appear in Wagner’s original and a few additions, like some rangers and busybodies. New York Times, "Review: ‘Das Barbecü’ Is Wagner’s ‘Ring’ With a Side of Brisket," 27 Jan. 2020 But vaping looks too much like smoking for our professional busybodies. The Editors, National Review, "The Absurd Campaign against Vaping," 17 Sep. 2019 Some are being friendly, but a couple of them are busybodies. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Transgender woman strives to preserve marriage to wife," 25 Sep. 2019 In the title role of the bustling busybody Dolly Levi, Carolee Carmello has a singing voice that’s almost too good for this obstreperous character, which (at least when Carol Channing played her) is known for her nasal whine. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ an old-fashioned hoot at The Bushnell," 13 Nov. 2019 Are the neighborhood vigilantes just mean-spirited busybodies aching for an adventure or is there really something nefarious going down? Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 1 Oct. 2019 The small office of a private airport called Odyssey served as a gathering place for aid workers, service members, journalists, and wealthy busybodies whose efforts at charity at times took on the appearance of adventure tourism. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "A Haphazard Recovery in the Bahamas," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of busybody

1526, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2020

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“Busybody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busybody. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of busybody

disapproving : a person who is too interested in the private lives of other people


busy·​body | \ ˈbi-zē-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce busybody (audio) \
plural busybodies

Kids Definition of busybody

: a person who is too interested in the affairs of other people

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