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.
- gos·sip·ing·ly, adverb
- in·ter·gos·sip, verb, in·ter·gos·siped or in·ter·gos·sipped, in·ter·gos·sip·ing.
- un·gos·sip·ing, adjective
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How to use gossip in a sentence
Every new report veered the vane on this old gossiper's steeple, and he went on believing one day and disbelieving the next.
The meal did not last long, for the aunt, who was a gossiper, was only serving delicatessen that evening.Nobody's Boy | Hector Malot
Nothing worse can happen to the couple than to be discovered by this gossiper.The Complete Opera Book | Gustav Kobb
But in place of that he is only a gossiper, writing merely for the entertainment of a private circle.Life of Adam Smith | John Rae
The garrulous chroniclers, and saintly Bede himself, that primeval gossiper, afford abundant evidence of such secret revelations.Amenities of Literature | Isaac Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for gossip
casual and idle chat: to have a gossip with a friend
a conversation involving malicious chatter or rumours about other people: a gossip about the neighbours
Also called: gossipmonger a person who habitually talks about others, esp maliciously
light easy communication: to write a letter full of gossip
archaic a close woman friend
(intr often foll by about) to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)
- gossiper, noun
- gossiping, noun, adjective
- gossipingly, adverb
- gossipy, adjective
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