- a person who tattles; telltale.
- either of two shorebirds of the genus Heteroscelus, having a loud, whistling cry.
- any of various related shorebirds having shrill cries, as the yellowlegs.
- a small bass, Serranus phoebe, of the West Indies and Florida.
Origin of tattler
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for tattler
If there is anything I mortally abhor, it is a tattler and busybody.Eventide
Read the Tattler, as I do, and you'll see what sort of a man your young man is.The Business of Life
Robert W. Chambers
"Crosbie always was a—tattler, but it's more than possible that he's right," he said.Long Odds
Wilson and King have a tattler too near to them; that's how it came out.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles
Mrs. Henry Wood
Which means, if it become known, I alone could be the tattler.The Colonel of the Red Huzzars
John Reed Scott
- a person who tattles; gossip
- any of several sandpipers of the genus Heteroscelus, such as H. incanus (Polynesian tattler), of Pacific coastal regions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012