I'm looking for a good English slang for someone who gives opinions — usually negative — without being asked for them.

Are there any? I know in Hungarian they are called megmondóember but I can't find any good word for them in English.

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    Google Translate suggests "I'll tell you man" for the Hungarian word, presumably because their opinion starts with "I'll tell you this for free..." or some such.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 20 '17 at 9:11

In British English you might use:

know-it-all - someone who behaves as if they have all the answers to something, and know more than everybody else, usually giving these answers without being asked.

busybody - from the two words busy meaning engaged in an activity and body meaning person - somebody who interferes in others' affairs.

nosy parker - slightly archaic, nosy meaning interested in things which do not concern them, and Parker being a proper noun.

There aren't actually many precise words for this, but people that do it are said to butt in or mouth off.

  • I think nosy parker is more about prying than about advising. Feb 8 '17 at 13:52

Noun: kibitzer ki-bit-su(r)

(Yiddish) a meddler who offers unwanted advice to others

Derived forms: kibitzers

Type of: meddler

-- WordWeb on line

And the verb is kibitz:

Verb: kibitz ki-bits

Make unwanted and intrusive comments

"Don't kibitz: he's sensitive";

  • kibbitz [N. Amer]

Derived forms: kibitzed, kibitzing, kibitzes

Type of: comment, notice, point out, remark


buttinsky or buttinski, according to Merriam-Webster:

a person given to butting in --- a troublesome meddler.

Example of buttinsky in a sentence: there's always some buttinsky who has to tell you there's a better way to do whatever you're doing.

Although the word originated in the US, here are several examples from the OED of use by British writers:

1933 D. L. Sayers Murder must Advertise iv. 69, I never..met with such a bunch of buttinskis... Nothing is sacred to you.

1960 P. G. Wodehouse Jeeves in Offing v. 50 It is never pleasant for a man of sensibility to find himself regarded as a buttinski and a trailing arbutus

For origin, the OED says:

Etymology: Jocular, < butt in (see butt v.1 1d) + -sky, final element in many Slavonic names

butt in, OED

to butt in: to thrust oneself unceremoniously and uninvited into an affair, discussion, etc.; to intrude, interfere without good reason. orig. U.S.

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