[ gos-uhp ]
/ ˈgɒs əp /
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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.
verb (used without object), gos·siped or gos·sipped, gos·sip·ing or gos·sip·ping.
to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling.
verb (used with object), gos·siped or gos·sipped, gos·sip·ing or gos·sip·ping.
Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.
OTHER WORDS FOR gossip
1 small talk, hearsay, palaver, chitchat.
3 chatterer, talker, gabbler, rumormonger.
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Origin of gossip
synonym study for gossip
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 gossipgos·sip·ing·ly, adverbin·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
/ (ˈɡɒsɪp) /
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 gossipgossiper, 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
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