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- a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.
Origin of quidnunc
First recorded in 1700–10, quidnunc is from the Latin word quid nunc what now?
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
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Historical Examples of quidnunc
They call him Quidnunc—Mister Quidnunc, too, and don't you forget it.
I went my way home and to bed, but was not done with Quidnunc.
Quidnunc, kwid′nungk, n. one always on the lookout for news: one who pretends to know all occurrences.
If Quidnunc and Mrs. Ventris were not under our law, neither are the sun, moon and stars, neither are the apes and peacocks.
I have not personally come across any other cases where a male fairy took upon him the burden of a man than that of Quidnunc.
British Dictionary definitions for quidnunc
- a person eager to learn news and scandal; gossipmonger
Word Origin for quidnunc
C18: from Latin, literally: what now
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Word Origin and History for quidnunc
"gossip-monger," 1709, formed from Latin quid "what?" (neuter of interrogative pronoun quis "who?;" see who) and nunc "now" (see now), to describe someone forever asking "What's the news?"
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper