Tuesday, January 07, 2003
quidnunc noun [KWID-nuhngk] a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.
Definitions for quidnunc
- a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.
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Citations for quidnunc
You can hide nothing from the quidnunc of Hanbridge. Moreover, when a quidnunc in the streets of Hanbridge sees somebody famous or striking, or notorious, he does not pretend that he has seen nobody.
A quidnunc by definition is a busybody, and we've got to admit it, that's exactly what we are--inquisitive and gossipy.
Origin of quidnunc
Quidnunc comes from the classical Latin quid nunc meaning "what now." It entered English in the early 1700s.