- a person, especially a woman, who is a busybody or gossip.
Origin of yenta
Related Words for yentabuttinsky, rubberneck, meddler, snoop, eavesdropper, snooper, fink, intruder, gossip, tattletale, troublemaker, scandalmonger, yenta, newsmonger, busybody, quidnunc, fussbudget
"gossip, busybody," 1923, from Yente Telebende, comic strip gossip in 1920s-30s writing of Yiddish newspaper humorist B. Kovner (pen-name of Jacob Adler) in the "Jewish Daily Forward." It was a common Yiddish fem. proper name, altered from Yentl and said to be ultimately from Italian gentile "kind, gentle," earlier "noble, high-born" (see gentle).