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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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  • 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.
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."

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