- idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars.
- light, familiar talk or writing.
- Also gos·sip·er, gos·sip·per. a person given to tattling or idle talk.
- Chiefly British Dialect. a godparent.
- Archaic. a friend, especially a woman.
- to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling.
- Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
- Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.
Origin of gossip
Synonyms for gossip
Related Words for gossipedscandal, hearsay, chitchat, tale, conversation, slander, buzz, news, chatter, blab, blather, account, prate, chronicle, grapevine, defamation, cry, story, meddling, babble
Examples from the Web for gossiped
Contemporary Examples of gossiped
Over a healthful meal of chicken and vegetables, the pair sat and gossiped about the latest goings-on.Death of a Hollywood Superagent
October 18, 2011
Historical Examples of gossiped
The woman who had shown Lida to her room had gossiped a bit.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Castlemaine and Nell Gwyn—had we not all read and heard and gossiped of them?Simon Dale
When the dinner and the wine were gone, they sang, they gossiped, they quizzed.Deerbrook
None the less he gossiped, for, as they say on the river, "Even the wise oochiri is a chatterer."Bones
Here they sat and sang, gossiped, and worked their endless embroidery.One Snowy Night
Emily Sarah Holt
- 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
- (intr often foll by about) to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)
Word Origin for gossip
Word Origin and History for gossiped
"to talk idly about the affairs of others," 1620s, from gossip (n.). Related: Gossiped; gossiping.
Old English godsibb "sponsor, godparent," from God + sibb "relative" (see sibling). Extended in Middle English to "any familiar acquaintance" (mid-14c.), especially to woman friends invited to attend a birth, later to "anyone engaging in familiar or idle talk" (1560s). Sense extended 1811 to "trifling talk, groundless rumor." Similar formations in Old Norse guðsifja, Old Saxon guþziff.