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 But the busybody nature common to small towns eventually delivered the information to the city manager. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, "The magnitude of America’s contact tracing crisis is hard to overstate," 1 Sep. 2020 But with fewer opportunities in physical work spaces to idly chatter, being an office busybody requires more effort. Reyhan Harmanci New York Times, Star Tribune, "Psst! Here's the latest on office gossip," 7 Sep. 2020 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

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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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“Busybody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busybody. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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