Meaning of busybody in English:



  • A meddling or prying person.

    ‘others considered him an interfering busybody’
    • ‘We grasp the poignant loneliness of the elevator attendant, sigh when Rhoda is hurt and squirm at the office busybody's interference.’
    • ‘More busybodies trying to interfere with our life choices.’
    • ‘They are just happily getting on with their own lives and doing their best to dodge being bothered by all the busybodies and meddlers of the world.’
    • ‘We would all be a lot better off if these interfering busybodies left well enough alone.’
    • ‘The first stage test which is applied on the application for leave will lead to a refusal if the applicant has no interest whatever and is in truth no more than a meddlesome busybody.’
    • ‘So, the gossiping busybody that I am, I started to pester him about who he liked.’
    • ‘The two plots are connected by the friendship of the two women and the misguided interference of the busybody, Marplot.’
    • ‘When meddlesome busybodies suggested that perhaps these hours were rather long, they were told that work kept adults from drink and children from mischief.’
    • ‘The law will not allow public authorities to be bothered by interfering busybodies and demands personal involvement to guard against this.’
    • ‘He said, ‘The task isn't to make him,’ referring to the president, ‘a busybody or a liberal interventionist.’’
    • ‘By 1819 a busybody and informer by the name of Karazin had made a personal collection of ‘subversive literature,’ including Pushkin's verses, and turned it over to the Minister of the Interior.’
    • ‘Local busybody Vera Carp and her boy are there and the kid is climbing all over the flower arrangements and drawing in the register book.’
    • ‘Generally people know her as the village busybody.’
    • ‘The prosecution alleges he also spread rumours that another neighbour was a busybody, who had shopped local members of the community to the police.’
    • ‘The Good Samaritan has a good image; the busybody a bad one.’
    • ‘She was a busybody who took on everybody, and audiences loved it.’
    • ‘Wear it outside, making sure to yell a big hello to the busybody.’
    • ‘I was playing a woman named Mary Worthless who just was just a nosy busybody.’
    • ‘Some busybody told the executive that women should exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week.’
    • ‘A busybody in one local authority tried to stop this, saying that this was illegal.’
    meddler, interferer, mischief-maker, troublemaker, gossip, scandalmonger, muckraker, eavesdropper, intruder, ghoul, gawker
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