busybody

[biz-ee-bod-ee]
noun, plural busybodies.
a person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others.

Origin:
1520–30; busy + body


snoop, pry, meddler, Nosy Parker; gossip, blabbermouth.
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busybody (ˈbɪzɪˌbɒdɪ)
 
n , pl -bodies
a meddlesome, prying, or officious person
 
'busybodying
 
n

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busybody
1520s, from busy + body "person."
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Example sentences
The fortune-teller was a busybody, no doubt about that, but he probably intended no harm.
Busybody neighbors are turning in transgressors who light up.
With predictable complements of heartsick teenagers, busybody servants and oppressive guardians, they could easily fall into rote.
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