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

Definition of busybody

: an officious or inquisitive person

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 In the busybody work of the postwar regulatory state, trustbusting has steadily declined into one of the most consistently unproductive activities of the U.S. government. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 10 May 2022 There isn't much that can get this busybody to do that without complaint. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 7 Apr. 2022 Her Pam is a master manipulator disguised as a chatty busybody, and an attention-seeking martyr capable of casual cruelty. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 4 Mar. 2022 For the second half of the show, the busybody conceit is largely jettisoned in favor of the guys doing an ensemble act in a place called the Funky Butt Club. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 3 Feb. 2022 The evidence about the Omicron variant should be a rebuke to busybody bureaucrats determined to lock down the nation. WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 She constantly gets harassed by some busybody aunt or uncle, but our parents are the worst. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 Pharmacist by trade and busybody by nature, Splichal joined the Changing Footprints team and eventually brought it to the south side. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Dec. 2021 Habte might be considered a busybody in any other context, a meddler too interested in the lives of others. Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of busybody

1526, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Busybody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busybody. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for busybody


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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Nglish: Translation of busybody for Spanish Speakers


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