Definition of Busybody

1. Noun. A person who meddles in the affairs of others.

Exact synonyms: Nosey-parker, Nosy-parker, Quidnunc
Generic synonyms: Meddler

Definition of Busybody

1. n. One who officiously concerns himself with the affairs of others; a meddling person.

Definition of Busybody

1. Noun. Someone who interferes with others; one who is nosy, intrusive or meddlesome. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Busybody

1. a nosy person [n -BODIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Busybody

busy
busy-ness
busy-work
busy as a beaver
busy as a bee
busy beaver
busy beavers
busy bee
busy bees
busy bodies
busy body
busy signal
busy work
busybodied
busybodies
busybody (current term)
busybodying
busying
busyness
busynesses
busywork
busyworks
but
but's
but-
but-thorn
but for
but for the grace of God
but hey
but if

Literary usage of Busybody

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cabinet of Irish Literature: Selections from the Works of the Chief Poet by Charles Anderson Read, Thomas Power O'Connor (1893)
"19, says of The busybody that " the plot and incidents of the play are laid with ... Marplot in The busybody he speaks of as a " felicitously projected and ..."

2. Menander, the Principal Fragments by Menander (1921)
"fs (43$' л->я.-|М*лч.- — •• Well then, let's leave him oat. But perhaps I am a busybody, and exceed my rights, although it «ere ..."

3. Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths by James Long (1881)
"A wicked person, though sweet speaking, is not to be trusted; honey is on his tongue, but in his heart poison. busybody, as One taking a Dog by the Ears. ..."

4. The British Quarterly Review by Robert Vaughan, Henry Allon (1869)
"Steenie goes to China with his uncle, a diplomatist, and is taken prisoner by Prince Kung, which brings to confession a vile busybody, ..."

5. Lectures to working men by Hugh Stowell Brown (1870)
"C( THE busybody." T suppose there are not many assemblies of people, though not half as numerous as this, in which one might not with perfect truth use the ..."

6. The Great Tradition: A Book of Selections from English and American Prose by James Holly Hanford (1919)
"... is apt to consider it with a regard t» his particular interest and advantage. A POLITICAL busybody JOSEPH ADDISON [The Taller, \o. 155. April 6, 1710. ..."

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