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talebearer

[teyl-bair-er]
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noun
  1. a person who spreads gossip, secrets, etc., that may cause trouble or harm.

Origin of talebearer

First recorded in 1470–80; tale + bearer
Related formstale·bear·ing, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for talebearer

Historical Examples

  • The talebearer had given him an exaggerated account of the interview.

    Flip's "Islands of Providence"

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • If he did these things, was he not a "talebearer" within the meaning of the rule?

  • Nobody could call him a detractor or a backbiter or a talebearer or a liar.

    Bunyan Characters

    Alexander Whyte

  • A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

  • May we never suffer a tale to pass our lips; and let us never stand to hearken to a talebearer.


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