quidnunc

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quid·nunc

 (kwĭd′nŭngk′)
n.
A nosy person; a busybody.

[Latin quid nunc?, what now? : quid, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + nunc, now; see nu- in Indo-European roots.]

quidnunc

(ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk)
n
a person eager to learn news and scandal; gossipmonger
[C18: from Latin, literally: what now]

quid•nunc

(ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk)

n.
a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; busybody.
[1700–10; < Latin quid nunc what now?]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quidnunc - a person who meddles in the affairs of others
meddler - an officious annoying person who interferes with others

quidnunc

noun
A person given to intruding in other people's affairs:
Informal: kibitzer.
Slang: buttinsky.
Archaic: pragmatic.
References in classic literature ?
What a treasure-trove to these venerable quidnuncs, could they have guessed the secret which Hepzibah and Clifford were carrying along with them
A great part of the idle leisure of the Indians when at home is passed in groups, squatted together on the bank of a river, on the top of a mound on the prairie, or on the roof of one of their earth-covered lodges, talking over the news of the day, the affairs of the tribe, the events and exploits of their last hunting or fighting expedition; or listening to the stories of old times told by some veteran chronicler; resembling a group of our village quidnuncs and politicians, listening to the prosings of some superannuated oracle, or discussing the contents of an ancient newspaper.
The subjoined jeu d'esprit with the preceding heading in magnificent capitals, well interspersed with notes of admiration, was originally published, as matter of fact, in the "New York Sun," a daily newspaper, and therein fully subserved the purpose of creating indigestible aliment for the quidnuncs during the few hours intervening between a couple of the Charleston mails.