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gossip

[gos-uh p] /ˈgɒs əp/
noun
1.
idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others:
the endless gossip about Hollywood stars.
2.
light, familiar talk or writing.
3.
Also, gossiper, gossipper. a person given to tattling or idle talk.
4.
Chiefly British Dialect. a godparent.
5.
Archaic. a friend, especially a woman.
verb (used without object), gossiped or gossipped, gossiping or gossipping.
6.
to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling.
verb (used with object), gossiped or gossipped, gossiping or gossipping.
7.
Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
8.
Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.
Origin of gossip
1050
before 1050; Middle English gossib, godsib(be), Old English godsibb, orig. godparent, equivalent to god God + sibb related; see sib
Related forms
gossipingly, adverb
intergossip, verb, intergossiped or intergossipped, intergossiping.
ungossiping, adjective
Synonyms
1. small talk, hearsay, palaver, chitchat. Gossip, scandal apply to idle talk and newsmongering about the affairs of others. Gossip is light chat or talk: to trade gossip about the neighbors. Scandal is rumor or general talk that is damaging to reputation; it is usually more or less malicious: The town never lived down the election scandal. 3. chatterer, talker, gabbler, rumormonger. 6. chatter, prattle, prate, palaver.
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Examples from the Web for gossipping
Historical Examples
  • I love this sort of gossipping during breakfast, of all things.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Page 147 'gossipping' to 'gossiping' 'the whole village was gossiping'

  • To the old soldier he wrote a gossipping account of his voyage.

    With Wolfe in Canada

    G. A. Henty
  • A few specimens are subjoined:—'gossipping and long sitting injure business.'

  • There were no gossipping memoir-writers at the court of Hesse Cassel to chronicle his sayings and doings.

  • And so in a few moments we were gossipping cosily about "old times," as we, not very old people, called them.

  • As might perhaps have been expected, there was some gossipping among neighbors in this tree.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • I had no desire to have a lot of gossipping women and old fool men around.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • His gossipping stories, and dramatic forms of speech, are never employed to hide the awful realities on which he is intent.

    George Whitefield Joseph Belcher
  • The work now went on briskly—Mrs. Brown knitting, and Alrina stitching and gossipping between.

    The Wizard of West Penwith William Bentinck Forfar
British Dictionary definitions for gossipping

gossip1

/ˈɡɒsɪp/
noun
1.
casual and idle chat: to have a gossip with a friend
2.
a conversation involving malicious chatter or rumours about other people: a gossip about the neighbours
3.
Also called gossipmonger. a person who habitually talks about others, esp maliciously
4.
light easy communication: to write a letter full of gossip
5.
(archaic) a close woman friend
verb -sips, -siping, -siped
6.
(intransitive) often foll by about. to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)
Derived Forms
gossiper, noun
gossiping, noun, adjective
gossipingly, adverb
gossipy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English godsibb godparent, from god + sib; the term came to be applied to familiar friends, esp a woman's female friends at the birth of a child, hence a person, esp a woman, fond of light talk
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Word Origin and History for gossipping

gossip

v.

"to talk idly about the affairs of others," 1620s, from gossip (n.). Related: Gossiped; gossiping.

gossip

n.

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.

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