busybody


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bus·y·bod·y

 (bĭz′ē-bŏd′ē)
n. pl. bus·y·bod·ies
A person who meddles or pries into the affairs of others.

busybody

(ˈbɪzɪˌbɒdɪ)
n, pl -bodies
a meddlesome, prying, or officious person
ˈbusyˌbodying n

bus•y•bod•y

(ˈbɪz iˌbɒd i)

n., pl. -bod•ies.
a person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.busybody - a person who meddles in the affairs of others
meddler - an officious annoying person who interferes with others

busybody

noun nosy parker (informal), gossip, troublemaker, snoop, intriguer, intruder, pry, eavesdropper, snooper, stirrer (informal), meddler, scandalmonger Some busybody tipped off the police.

busybody

noun
A person given to intruding in other people's affairs:
Informal: kibitzer.
Slang: buttinsky.
Archaic: pragmatic.
Translations

busybody

[ˈbɪzɪbɒdɪ] Nentrometido/a m/f

busybody

[ˈbɪzibɒdi] nmouche f du cochebusy signal n (US)tonalité f occupé inv

busybody

nWichtigtuer m, → Gschaftlhuber m (S Ger); don’t be such a busybodymisch dich nicht überall ein

busybody

[ˈbɪzɪˌbɒdɪ] nficcanaso m/f, impiccione/a
References in classic literature ?
It was a serious thing to be in the power of this spiteful old busybody.
But I couldn't -- and I can't tell you, either, what it's meant to me these two years to believe you were going to marry him, and be told every week by some busybody that your engagement was on the point of being announced.
There I should have been successful beyond a doubt if some busybody hadn't sent that cable to her husband.
If we are asked to determine which of these four qualities by its presence contributes most to the excellence of the State, whether the agreement of rulers and subjects, or the preservation in the soldiers of the opinion which the law ordains about the true nature of dangers, or wisdom and watchfulness in the rulers, or whether this other which I am mentioning, and which is found in children and women, slave and freeman, artisan, ruler, subject,--the quality, I mean, of every one doing his own work, and not being a busybody, would claim the palm--the question is not so easily answered.
All at once, yet somehow not so suddenly as to excite suspicion, Raffles had become the elderly busybody with nerves; why, I could not for the life of me imagine; and the policeman seemed equally at sea.
Some busybody has been reporting my conduct on a certain day.
It was just the right sort of food for the popular gossip that gaunt busybody had been picking up.
The reader may set me down as a hopeless busybody, when I confess how much this man stimulated my curiosity, and how often I endeavoured to break through the reticence which he showed on all that concerned himself.
Her attraction to Ethan - a mortal - is forbidden but Lena cannot resist him, despite dire warnings from Biblebashing busybody Mrs Lincoln (Emma Thompson) and town librarian Amma (Viola Davis).
Otherwise she'll risk getting a reputation herself of being an interfering busybody.
I'm a busybody and I believe we play an important role in society' What would you do if you were out shopping and you spotted a child looking lost?
Graham Williams * Busybody is at Swansea Grand Theatre until Saturday.