busy·​body ˈbi-zē-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce busybody (audio)
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


busy·​body ˈbiz-ē-ˌbäd-ē How to pronounce busybody (audio)
: a person who meddles in the affairs of others

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