- 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 gossiper
Burnet was a 'gossiper, slanderer, and notorious falsifier of facts.'Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
Off the stage he was a snob by affiliation and a gossiper by inclination.A Pirate of Parts
Nothing worse can happen to the couple than to be discovered by this gossiper.The Complete Opera Book
The meal did not last long, for the aunt, who was a gossiper, was only serving delicatessen that evening.Nobody's Boy
But in place of that he is only a gossiper, writing merely for the entertainment of a private circle.Life of Adam Smith
- 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 gossiper
"to talk idly about the affairs of others," 1620s, from gossip (n.). Related: Gossiped; gossiping.
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.