yenta

yenta

[yen-tuh]
noun Slang.
a person, especially a woman, who is a busybody or gossip.

Origin:
1930–35; < Yiddish yente, originally a female personal name, earlier YentlOld Italian; compare Italian gentile kind, amiable, orig., noble, highborn; see gentle

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yenta
"gossip, busybody," 1923, from Yente Telebende, comic strip gossip in 1920s-30s writing of Yiddish newspaper humorist B. Kovner (pen-name of Jacob Adler) in the "Jewish Daily Forward." It was a common Yiddish fem. proper name, alt. from Yentl and said to be ult. from It. gentile "kind, gentle," earlier
"noble, high-born" (see gentle).
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yenta definition

[ˈjɛntə]
  1. n.
    a gossip, usually a woman. (Regarded as Yiddish.) : She can be such a yenta when she's got news.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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