[ kwid-nuhngk ]
/ ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk /


a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.


Nearby words

  1. quid pro quo,
  2. quidde,
  3. quidde, ludwig,
  4. quidditch,
  5. quiddity,
  6. quids,
  7. quiesce,
  8. quiescence,
  9. quiescent,
  10. quiescent tank

Origin of quidnunc

First recorded in 1700–10, quidnunc is from the Latin word quid nunc what now?

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British Dictionary definitions for quidnunc


/ (ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk) /


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?"

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