A person, especially a woman, who is considered to be meddlesome or gossipy.
[Yiddish yente, back-formation from the woman's name Yente, alteration of Yentl, from Old Italian Gentile, from gentile, amiable, highborn, from Latin gentīlis, of the same clan; see GENTLE.]
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