noun, plural bus·y·bod·ies.

a person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others.

Origin of busybody

First recorded in 1520–30; busy + body

Synonyms for busybody

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noun plural -bodies

a meddlesome, prying, or officious person
Derived Formsbusybodying, noun
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Word Origin and History for busybody

"meddlesome person," 1520s, from busy (adj.) in the otherwise-obsolete sense "prying, meddlesome" + body "person."

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