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[tat-ler] /ˈtæt lər/
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
First recorded in 1540-50; tattle + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If there is anything I mortally abhor, it is a tattler and busybody.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • 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

    Harold Bindloss
  • 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.

  • Say, if you think I am a sneak and a tattler, say so, for I want to know it.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • To begin with, he was endlessly curious about people, without being in the least bit a gossip or a tattler.

    Res Judicat Augustine Birrell
  • The next morning Mr. Belcher was up early in order to get his "tattler" as soon as it was dropped at his door.


    J. G. Holland
  • A copy of the 'tattler' lay on the table, which bore unmistakable evidences of having been spitefully crushed in the hand.


    J. G. Holland
  • From what office this tattler came he did not know; but it was evident that Bradish was cognizant of the trick.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for tattler


a person who tattles; gossip
any of several sandpipers of the genus Heteroscelus, such as H. incanus (Polynesian tattler), of Pacific coastal regions
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