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[kwid-nuhngk] /ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk/
a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.
Origin of quidnunc
1700-10; < Latin quid nunc what now? Unabridged
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  • Beside the quidnunc and the party politician, another class of reader now appeared demanding aliment in the press.

    Addison William John Courthope
  • I went my way home and to bed, but was not done with quidnunc.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • quidnunc, kwid′nungk, n. one always on the lookout for news: one who pretends to know all occurrences.

  • If quidnunc and Mrs. Ventris were not under our law, neither are the sun, moon and stars, neither are the apes and peacocks.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • quidnunc, no doubt, was the father of Lady Emily's children; but were those children human?

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • He even becomes a quidnunc, prying now and then into the personal affairs of his superiors.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Even there I have never been satisfied that quidnunc became man to the extent that Mrs. Ventris did.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • I have not personally come across any other cases where a male fairy took upon him the burden of a man than that of quidnunc.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • They call him quidnunc—Mister quidnunc, too, and don't you forget it.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for quidnunc


a person eager to learn news and scandal; gossipmonger
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, literally: what now
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Word Origin and History for quidnunc

"gossip-monger," 1709, formed from Latin quid "what?" (neuter of interrogative pronoun quis "who?;" see who) and nunc "now" (see now), to describe someone forever asking "What's the news?"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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