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

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Luckily, Brianna’s busybody maid, Lizzie has discovered that the Frasers are actually in Wilmington. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 9," 31 Dec. 2018 Her maid, Lizzie (who turns out to be a not very bright busybody) sees them arguing and that sets off a chain of events which will lead to disaster in later episodes. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 8," 24 Dec. 2018 There are cheapskates galore, dissemblers, busybodies, dullards and charlatans. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, "‘Characters’ Review: You Know the Types," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of busybody

1526, in the meaning defined above

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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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