- idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars.
- light, familiar talk or writing.
- Also gos·sip·er, gos·sip·per. a person given to tattling or idle talk.
- Chiefly British Dialect. a godparent.
- Archaic. a friend, especially a woman.
- to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling.
- Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
- Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.
Origin of gossip
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Examples from the Web for gossip
However much we gossip about heterosexual couples with large age gaps, we at least refrain from calling them sex offenders.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
“Women go to the bathroom together and gossip, talk and argue all the time,” Vithi Cuc told The National.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?
December 3, 2014
Since I was toiling away at the time as a gossip columnist for The Washington Post, I immediately called him back.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry
November 23, 2014
And they sound like gulls, you know, when they sit and gossip in a bar together.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
The mayor and Biasi are a popular topic of gossip in Matamoros.Mexico’s Murderous SWAT Teams
November 10, 2014
No wonder Florence has a hard time of it; but isn't it wretched of me to gossip?
That's all gossip, you know; not a word of truth in it, and it's been very annoying to us both.
For her part, she was busy and could not spare time to gossip.Way of the Lawless
I don't know what the hell she'd do for gossip if we were to get married.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Narcisse listened, smiling, and in his turn began to gossip confidentially.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- casual and idle chatto have a gossip with a friend
- a conversation involving malicious chatter or rumours about other peoplea gossip about the neighbours
- Also called: gossipmonger a person who habitually talks about others, esp maliciously
- light easy communicationto write a letter full of gossip
- archaic a close woman friend
- (intr often foll by about) to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)
Word Origin and History for gossip
Old English godsibb "sponsor, godparent," from God + sibb "relative" (see sibling). Extended in Middle English to "any familiar acquaintance" (mid-14c.), especially to woman friends invited to attend a birth, later to "anyone engaging in familiar or idle talk" (1560s). Sense extended 1811 to "trifling talk, groundless rumor." Similar formations in Old Norse guðsifja, Old Saxon guþziff.
"to talk idly about the affairs of others," 1620s, from gossip (n.). Related: Gossiped; gossiping.