- 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 gossipping
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'Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir
May Agnes Fleming
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.'A Visit To The United States In 1841
There were no gossipping memoir-writers at the court of Hesse Cassel to chronicle his sayings and doings.Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions
- 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 gossipping
"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.