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 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 Are the neighborhood vigilantes just mean-spirited busybodies aching for an adventure or is there really something nefarious going down? Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 1 Oct. 2019 The small office of a private airport called Odyssey served as a gathering place for aid workers, service members, journalists, and wealthy busybodies whose efforts at charity at times took on the appearance of adventure tourism. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "A Haphazard Recovery in the Bahamas," 16 Sep. 2019 Alas, this is not the only sector being contorted by California’s bureaucrats and busybodies. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Here’s Why Housing Is So Expensive," 30 Aug. 2019 Others may be plagued with infighting, costly upcoming repairs or nosy busybodies. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Buying a home? There's a good chance you'll deal with HOAs, so here's what you should know," 6 Aug. 2019 Since Siri’s voice has gone through a marked improvement in iOS 13, Messages with Siri is the perfect complement to busybodies whose hands are occupied with dishes, exercise, screaming children or whatever else. Time, "I've Been Using Apple's New iPhone Software Out Later This Year. These Are My 7 Favorite Features," 1 July 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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15 Dec 2019

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“Busybody.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busybody. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce busybody (audio)

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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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