busy·​body | \ˈbi-zē-ˌbä-dē \

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

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LinkedIn Here's my job evaluation for LinkedIn: Office busybody. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone plan, LinkedIn and more," 18 June 2018 Don’t wait for your busybody inquisitor to react to your explanation. New York Times, "A Protégé Behaves Badly. Should You Remain His Mentor?," 1 June 2018 Silicon Valley venture capitalist and all-around busybody Ted Draper is back with another effort to chop up California into allegedly more manageable portions. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Californians to Vote on Initiative to Divide Their State Into 3," 13 June 2018 Rudetsky and Plotnick write in the program notes that Anne L. Nathan, who plays the brassy busybody Shirley, was unable to do the role when first offered it in the Broadway production, and gets to now. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "'Disaster!' Skewers The 1970s At CT Rep," 11 June 2018 Ruth Gordon, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Minnie Castevet, the witch next door, is a busybody who controls Rosemary with homemade elixirs and sweets. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50 Years Later," 23 May 2018 Some will call it a dramedy (a drama with some comedy) as lighter moments include a busybody lady, played by Barbara Lohr, who constantly manages to get in the way. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Inter-generational play set at Tosa's Luthor Manor," 16 Apr. 2018 As those of us with Flavia-mania know from previous books, the plucky adolescent is terrifically entertaining — the world’s foremost brainiac/chemist/sleuth/busybody/smarty-pants. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, "Cozy up with cozy mysteries," 26 Jan. 2018 Fear of getting involved, of being singled out as a busybody can stop us from questioning an unusual situation. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Speaking up can be scary, but in some cases it’s the best course of action | Miami Herald," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of busybody

1526, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of busybody was in 1526

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English Language Learners Definition of busybody

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


busy·​body | \ˈbi-zē-ˌbä-dē \
plural busybodies

Kids Definition of busybody

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

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