busybody

[biz-ee-bod-ee]
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Origin of busybody

First recorded in 1520–30; busy + body

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busybody

noun plural -bodies
  1. a meddlesome, prying, or officious person
Derived Formsbusybodying, noun
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Word Origin and History for busybody
n.

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

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