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See also: busy body
busybody (plural busybodies)
- Someone who interferes with others; one who is nosy, intrusive or meddlesome.
- 1853 January, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], “Paulina”, in Villette. […], volume I, London: Smith, Elder & Co., […], OCLC 81622575, page 22:
- Candidly speaking, I thought her a little busy-body; but her father, blind like other parents, seemed perfectly content to let her wait on him, and even wonderfully soothed by her offices.
- 1915, L[ucy] M[aud] Montgomery, “Love Takes Up the Glass of Time”, in Anne of the Island, New York, N.Y.: A[lbert] L[evi] Burt Company, OCLC 32428260, page 325:
- But I couldn’t—and I can’t tell you, either, what it’s meant to me these two years to believe you were going to marry him, and be told every week by some busybody that your engagement was on the point of being announced.
someone who interferes with others