yen·​ta | \ ˈyen-tə How to pronounce yenta (audio) \

Definition of yenta

: one that meddles also : blabbermouth, gossip

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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, "Reviving Phyllis Schlafly in “Mrs. America”," 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, "Mark Zuckerberg Says It Will Take 3 Years to Fix Facebook," 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, "'The Windfall' adroitly probes questions of money and true worth," 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,, "How Gary Cooper, Pride of the Yankees film became the accepted reality of Lou Gehrig's life," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of yenta

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yenta

Yiddish yente, from the name Yente

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The first known use of yenta was in 1923

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“Yenta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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