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[tit-l-tat-l] /ˈtɪt lˌtæt l/
gossip or foolish chatter.
verb (used without object), tittle-tattled, tittle-tattling.
to gossip or chatter.
Origin of tittle-tattle
First recorded in 1520-30; gradational compound based on tittle to whisper, gossip
Related forms
tittle-tattler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tittle-tattle
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  • I was very young at this time, but I already had a certain disdain for tittle-tattle.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • She takes no interest in anything beyond the tittle-tattle of the county.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • tittle-tattle will effect no lodgment in the Asquithian brain.

  • Self-importance, jealousy, tittle-tattle are the order of the day.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • Put an end to this tittle-tattle, to this idle babble, that set us defying one another.

    Peace Aristophanes
  • After a great deal of tittle-tattle with this honest man, he gone we to bed.

  • And you, Miss Skylark, you must make your little additions to the tittle-tattle.

    Single Life John Baldwin Buckstone
  • The attentions of a certain person can hardly be among the tittle-tattle of Highbury yet.

    Emma Jane Austen
  • Fearing their tittle-tattle, Lounsbury curbed his impatience to ask about the shack.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for tittle-tattle


idle chat or gossip
(intransitive) to chatter or gossip
Derived Forms
tittle-tattler, noun
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Contemporary definitions for tittle-tattle

excessively talking, esp. gossiping


excessive and trifling talk; prattling; gossiping


to talk excessively and idly; to gossip

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Slang definitions & phrases for tittle-tattle



Empty chatter; prattle and gossip: An example is the press in Britain, where the tittle-tattle has lately infected the quality papers (1542+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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