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 of busybody from the Web
There’s little evidence of this happening in the first hour of the show, although a busybody character named Mrs. Carmody is winkingly dispatched outside a shopping mall in a manner that seems intended to poke fun at her big mouth.
Seeing something and saying something, in this day and age, isn't being a busybody.
Which is another thing to pin on the busybody Jane.
Then comes more than 200 pages of Conway’s book, set in the 1950s village of Saxby-on-Avon, where a busybody housekeeper falls to her death down a flight of stairs and nasty Sir Magnus Pye loses his head (literally) in a gruesome murder.
That is, until busybody neighbors, and eventually the police, got involved.
Winnie, based on certain aspects of his voluble mother, is a busybody who wonders about religion, the way things look, and the way the universe turns, without knowing much about herself.
Even those of us not inclined to busybody interference in the decisions made by local California school boards can agree that the best state and federal standards are often ones that deal with students’ physical and mental health.
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First Known Use of busybody
BUSYBODY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of busybody for English Language Learners
: a person who is too interested in the private lives of other people
BUSYBODY Defined for Kids
Definition of busybody for Students
: a person who is too interested in the affairs of other people
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