yen·​ta ˈyen-tə How to pronounce yenta (audio)
: one that meddles

Examples of yenta in a Sentence

the couple's loud quarrel had the building's yentas yapping for a week
Recent Examples on the Web Abzug is the pushy yenta of the Senate, a pragmatist willing to make concessions to secure male allies. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2020 This Tinder-esque development allows users to create separate profiles to pursue romantic connections, with Facebook acting as an algorithmic yenta. Steven Levy, WIRED, 1 May 2018 Meanwhile, amidst adapting to their new status, Mrs. Jha overcomes her Gurgaon disorientation long enough to play yenta for her closest Mayur Palli friend, a too-young widow, and Mr. Chopra’s older brother. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 June 2017 Listening to her must have given him a thrill: Here was one very big-time yenta whispering advice and encouragement into the wide-open ear of a less important one. Richard Sandomir,, 21 June 2017

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Word History


Yiddish yente, from the name Yente

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yenta was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Yenta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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