- 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
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Examples from the Web for gossipped
If I succeed in my object I shall consider that I have gossipped to some purpose.Flowers and Flower-Gardens
David Lester Richardson
And what is more to the purpose, it spared him the pain and mortification of knowing that he was gossipped about.The Right to Privacy
Samuel D. Warren
On the way they gossipped, and the maid expressed a belief that Mr. Lane was a fine young gentleman, but full of his goings-on.The Folly Of Eustace
Robert S. Hichens
This ceremony performed, Mr. Hardie gossipped with him; and, after a detour or two, glided to his real anxiety.Hard Cash
They gossipped and giggled like girls, put their arms around each other's necks.The Journal of a Disappointed Man
Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
- 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 and History for gossipped
"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.