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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.]
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a person eager to learn news and scandal; gossipmonger
[C18: from Latin, literally: what now]
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a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; busybody.
[1700–10; < Latin quid nunc what now?]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quidnunc - a person who meddles in the affairs of others
meddler - an officious annoying person who interferes with others
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A person given to intruding in other people's affairs:
Informal: kibitzer.
Slang: buttinsky.
Archaic: pragmatic.
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If the British public was becoming accustomed to representations of its own consumption of stage and print productions--in his Introduction, O'Quinn uncovers an especially memorable figure in this vein from Arthur Murphy's play The Upholsterer (1758), a character named Quidnunc who is addicted to newspaper reading--then what did those productions have to do with the public's broader geographical consciousness of the Atlantic imperium?
What is the literal meaning of the word 'quidnunc', used for a gossipmonger?
But it's a good introduction to the sober Fox and his younger partner, Jamie Breck, a master player of a computer game Rankin has whimsically named Quidnunc." MARILYN STASIO
She has a passion for interesting words - quidnunc, poppysmic - and an assistant (Greer) at her shop who despairs at her poor taste in men.
You can tell she's a bit of kooky type since she drives a pastel-coloured van, has a flower tattoo on her wrist and, for reasons never explained, scrawls inscrutable words such as quidnunc on the walls of hotel corridors.
Since busybody customers may be hard to come by, staff should be encouraged to act the part of the quidnunc. Motivated personnel must regularly approach and acknowledge customers.
For a senior scholar to undertake this unglamorous work while younger scholars bandy back and forth often light, even quidnunc literary analysis, is a stern reminder of the historically philological foundations of Assyriology.