(KWID-noonk) [Latin: what now?] A person with a strong desire to know the latest news; a busybody or gossip.

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  • Quidnunc — Quidnunc, from the Latin words quid nunc what now , meaning what s the news , can refer to: *a gossip *the nickname of British journalist Patrick Campbell, 3rd Baron Glenavy *The Quidnunc Cricket Club is a club consisitng of all living Cambridge… …   Wikipedia

  • Quidnunc — Quid nunc, n. [L., what now?] One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows, or pretends to know, all that is going on. The idle stories of quidnuncs. Motley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quidnunc — (n.) gossip monger, 1709, formed from L. quid what and nunc now, to describe someone forever asking What s the news? …   Etymology dictionary

  • quidnunc — [kwid′nuŋk΄] n. [L, lit., what now?] an inquisitive, gossipy person; busybody …   English World dictionary

  • quidnunc — noun Etymology: Latin quid nunc what now? Date: 1709 a person who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip ; busybody …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quidnunc — /kwid nungk /, n. a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody. [1700 10; < L quid nunc what now?] * * * …   Universalium

  • quidnunc — noun /ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk/ A person eager to learn news and scandal Syn: busybody, buttinsky, gossip, newsmonger …   Wiktionary

  • quidnunc — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person given to intruding in other people s affairs: busybody, interloper, meddler. Informal: kibitzer. Slang: buttinsky. Archaic: pragmatic. See PARTICIPATE …   English dictionary for students

  • quidnunc — [ kwɪdnʌŋk] noun archaic an inquisitive, gossipy person. Origin C18: from L. quid nunc? what now? …   English new terms dictionary

  • quidnunc — n. Newsmonger, gossiper …   New dictionary of synonyms

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