from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who meddles or pries into the affairs of others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who interferes with others; one who is nosy, intrusive or meddlesome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A meddling person; one who officiously or impertinently concerns himself with the affairs of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who meddles in the affairs of others


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  • Regarding the mother of my neighbour, apparently, the busybody is actually living in her daughter’s house and the daughter, who has lived here for many years, knows the rules and has been more than happy to report other people who have had guests staying longer than they should.

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  • Though he is too great and important to be called a busybody, we still feel sympathetically something of the suppressed irritation and sense of hindrance and interruption with which the lords must have regarded this companion with his "devout imaginations," whom they dared not neglect, and who was sure to get the better in every argument, generally by reason, but at all events by the innate force of his persistence and daring.

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  • The principle of the periscope is the same as that of the "busybody," familiar to householders, and which is placed on the sill of an upper window, so that a person inside the house may see who is at the front door.

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