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gossip

[ gos-uhp ]
/ 藞g蓲s 蓹p /
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noun
verb (used without object), gos路siped or gos路sipped, gos路sip路ing or gos路sip路ping.
to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling.
verb (used with object), gos路siped or gos路sipped, gos路sip路ing or gos路sip路ping.
Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.
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Origin of gossip

First recorded before 1050; Middle English gossib, godsib(be), Old English godsibb, originally 鈥済odparent,鈥 equivalent to god + sibb 鈥渞elated鈥; see origin at god, sib

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1. Gossip, scandal apply to idle talk and newsmongering about the affairs of others. Gossip is light chat or talk: to trade gossip about the neighbors. Scandal is rumor or general talk that is damaging to reputation; it is usually more or less malicious: The town never lived down the election scandal.

OTHER WORDS FROM gossip

gos路sip路ing路ly, adverbin路ter路gos路sip, verb, in路ter路gos路siped or in路ter路gos路sipped, in路ter路gos路sip路ing.un路gos路sip路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gossip

gossip1
/ (藞伞蓲s瑟p) /

noun
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
verb -sips, -siping or -siped
(intr often foll by about) to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)

Derived forms of gossip

gossiper, noungossiping, noun, adjectivegossipingly, adverbgossipy, adjective

Word Origin for gossip

Old English godsibb godparent, from god + sib; the term came to be applied to familiar friends, esp a woman's female friends at the birth of a child, hence a person, esp a woman, fond of light talk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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