One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman who is a gossip or busybody.‘she acts like a nosy yenta’
- ‘My mom's face contorted with a combination of tension and mischief, as if the mom side of her wanted to shield me from the news, but the yenta side of her had to share this life-changing gossip.’
- ‘At one point she impersonates a domestic day-worker in order to glean insider information about the Schwartz family, pumping their housekeeper for juicy details as they gossip together like yentas.’
- ‘Her people's era on West 107th long since past, Mrs. Weissman had no fondness for the coarse new crowd, and in truth, was a kind of pitiable figure - a yenta who had lost her nosiness.’
1920s: Yiddish, originally a given name.
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