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[biz-ee-bod-ee] /ˈbɪz iˌbɒd i/
noun, plural busybodies.
a person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others.
Origin of busybody
1520-30; busy + body
snoop, pry, meddler, Nosy Parker; gossip, blabbermouth. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for busybody
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  • When we reached once more the entrance of the infernal court, who should come straight to meet the King but the busybody.

  • She was a busybody, always trying to get somebody into trouble.

  • Fatigue, too, came to dull that busybody—that tireless, gossiping gadabout—conscience.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • And as soon as they had passed on Mrs. Woodchuck remarked what a busybody he was.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Usually she was quite harmless, even if she was a busybody and a gossip.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The busybody is always anxious after something about Somebody.

    A Lecture On Heads Geo. Alex. Stevens
  • But this was risky; it would bring him in view of a kitchen window whence some busybody might observe him.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • I was afraid of being a busybody—I was afraid of upsetting Clare.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Some busybody has been reporting my conduct on a certain day.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Our wail over our neighbour's soul is simply the wail of a busybody.

    Egoists James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for busybody


noun (pl) -bodies
a meddlesome, prying, or officious person
Derived Forms
busybodying, noun
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Word Origin and History for busybody

"meddlesome person," 1520s, from busy (adj.) in the otherwise-obsolete sense "prying, meddlesome" + body "person."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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