Definitions for yentaˈyɛn tə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yen•ta*ˈyɛn tə(n.)(pl.)-tas.

  1. a gossipy woman; busybody.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

* Slang..

Origin of yenta:

1930–35; < Yiddish yente orig. a female personal name, earlier Yentl蠐 early It; cf. It gentile kind, orig., noble; see gentle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yenta(noun)

    (Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant

  2. yenta(noun)

    (Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal

Wiktionary

  1. yenta(Noun)

    a woman who meddles in the business of others; a busybody; a woman gossip; a gossipmonger

  2. yenta(Noun)

    a matchmaker; a woman who specializes in finding spouses.

  3. Origin: From the .

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