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n. Slang
A person, especially a woman, who is considered to be meddlesome or gossipy.

[Yiddish yente, back-formation from the woman's name Yente, alteration of Yentl, from Old Italian Gentile, from gentile, amiable, highborn, from Latin gentīlis, of the same clan; see gentle.]


censorious US an interfering gossipy woman


(ˈyɛn tə)

n., pl. -tas. Slang.
a gossipy woman; busybody.
[1930–35; < Yiddish yente orig. a female personal name, earlier Yentl « early Italian; compare Italian gentile kind, orig., noble; see gentle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yenta - (Yiddish) a vulgar shrewyenta - (Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
shrew, termagant - a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
2.yenta - (Yiddish) a woman who talks too muchyenta - (Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
gossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger, gossip - a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others


Slang. A person habitually engaged in idle talk about others:
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