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Yiddish word for busybody or gossip
Common clues:
Busybody; Scandalmonger; Rumormonger; Blatherskite; Gossipy gal; Buttinsky; Blabbermouth; Meddler; Nosy Parker; “Fiddler on the Roof” character
Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year
Yenta the matchmaker

Yenta is a Yiddish word referring to a busybody or gossip. It was also the name of the matchmaker in the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Among Orthodox Jews, the use of the word "Yenta" in the derogatory sense is considered by some as lashon hara, since it is considered to defame all women who have that name, though many may be quite respectable.

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