One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who habitually butts in; an intruder or meddler.
meddler, interferer, mischief-maker, troublemaker, gossip, scandalmonger, muckraker, eavesdropper, intruder, ghoul, gawkerView synonyms
- ‘Don't want to be a buttinsky or pushy but I'm all about helping.’
- ‘This guy has a son in your troop and he's just there because they either needed a troop leader or because he's a buttinsky and didn't think the existing troop leaders were doing a good job.’
- ‘They don't want to wait either, but most buttinskies don't care, because they know people generally won't say anything.’
- ‘What you do about your name is your choice, but the buttinskies of the world are going to have something to say about it whatever you choose.’
- ‘The overreaching buttinskies in the federal regulatory bureaucracy learned that they made a grievous error in mandating air bags in all vehicles.’
- ‘This is where I became the buttinsky neighbor.’
- ‘Esther is also a self-absorbed buttinsky, the kind that manages to ruin just about every family gathering and certainly doesn't make an exception of this one.’
- ‘To his critics, he is an anachronistic, dangerous buttinsky, motivated more by ego than civic good.’
- ‘I am trying so hard not to be a buttinsky, but do you think there's some way I can encourage them in a direction I know would be rewarding for them?’
- ‘This is my prerogative, assumed due to my advancing age and vast experience of buttinskies.’
- ‘And judging by the recent drop in downtown condo sales, the buttinskies might have a point.’
- ‘She's the perfect wife for them to play him off of, being the ultimate buttinsky that she is.’
- ‘But the adults kept on asking, and for a long time in pubescence, Skeeter would tell these buttinskies she was going to ‘be’ a nurse.’
- ‘It can be tempting to add your two cents as your husband is telling you yet another story about his controlling, manipulative, buttinsky mother.’
- ‘Other buttinskies are individuals with a strong need to ‘fix things.’’
- ‘As to what it means, Holly is a capable lady; she can figure it out with no input from us buttinskies.’
Early 20th century: from butt in (see butt) and -ski, formed in humorous imitation of the final element in many Russian names.
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