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Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Definitions for quidnunc

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

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Citations for quidnunc
You can hide nothing from the quidnunc of Hanbridge. Moreover, when a quidnunc in the streets of Hanbridge sees somebody famous or striking, or notorious, he does not pretend that he has seen nobody. Arnold Bennett, Denry the Audacious, 1911
A quidnunc by definition is a busybody, and we've got to admit it, that's exactly what we are--inquisitive and gossipy. Mark Seal, "The Quidnunc," Texas Monthly, August, 1986
Origin of quidnunc
Quidnunc comes from the classical Latin quid nunc meaning "what now." It entered English in the early 1700s.