What word describes someone who offers unsolicited advice?
For example I might write:
"At the risk of being called a [..........], I will offer you some unsolicited advice."
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Busybody would work well here.
that busybody across the street is always telling me how to tend to my own garden
I have also heard this as being a kibitzer
kibitz: To look on and offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others.
I would suggest, backseat driver:
- a passenger in a car who offers unwanted advice to the driver
- a person who offers advice on or tries to direct matters that are not his or her concern
The word kibitzer suggested by others is also a good one. But, I've not heard it used in this sense outside of card games.
You could humorously refer to yourself as a buttinsky (sometimes spelled buttinski).
It is defined as:
a meddler who tends to butt in
Or try: quidnunc. It has the advantage of being fun to say. It means:
a nosy person; a busybody; a person who meddles in the affairs of others
I think offering unsolicited advice fits in the category of meddling.
A kibitzer is a legitimate spectator giving unwelcome advice; a buttinski interferes in matters that are none of her concern; a busybody might neither interfere nor give advice, but will snoop and gossip to third parties.
smarty-pants: a person who talks and behaves like someone who knows everything
smart aleck: an obnoxiously and self-assertive person with pretensions to smartness and cleverness
wisenheimer: a wiseacre; smart aleck
wise guy: a cocksure, conceited, and often insolent person; smart aleck
know-it-all: a person that acts as though they had better knowledge or understanding than anyone else
Yenta—Yiddish for chronic intermeddler and one that meddles
I would like to suggest meddler.
From The Free Dictionary, to meddle is:
- To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere. See Synonyms at interfere.
- To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper.
A person that feels the need to control or influence other people's lives can be called a meddler. I think unsolicited advice fits in perfectly with this definition.
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