butt·​in·​sky bə-ˈdin-skē How to pronounce buttinsky (audio)
variants or less commonly buttinski
plural buttinskies
: a person given to butting in : a troublesome meddler

Examples of buttinsky in a Sentence

there's always some buttinsky who has to tell you there's a better way to do whatever you're doing
Recent Examples on the Web Linda Tripp, world-famous buttinsky , Dropped a dime on M. Lewinsky. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2020 Rather, the story is set in motion by Kevin O’Neill (Rick Holmes), a private-equity manager and arrogant buttinsky who takes an interest in Cara. Jesse Green, New York Times, 6 June 2018

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Word History


butt in + -sky, -ski (last element in Slavic surnames)

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buttinsky was in 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Buttinsky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttinsky. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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