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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Definitions for quidnunc

  1. One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows or pretends to know all that is going on; a gossip; a busybody.

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Citations for quidnunc
What a treasure-trove to these venerable quidnuncs, could they have guessed the secret which Hepzibah and Clifford were carrying along with them! Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables
Some wretched intrigue which had puzzled two generations of quidnuncs. L. Stephen, Hours in Library
Origin of quidnunc
1700-1710
Quidnunc comes from Latin quid nunc?, "what now?"