or klatch

[ klahch, klach ]
/ klɑtʃ, klætʃ /


a casual gathering of people, especially for refreshments and informal conversation: a sewing klatsch.

Nearby words

  1. klangfarbe,
  2. klansman,
  3. klap,
  4. klappvisier,
  5. klatch,
  6. klaus,
  7. klausenburg,
  8. klavern,
  9. klavier,
  10. klaxon

Origin of klatsch

First recorded in 1950–55, klatsch is from the German word Klatsch chitchat, gossip

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Examples from the Web for klatsch

  • He seems to think that I ought to work, and not spend my life talking Klatsch.

    The Benefactress|Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • There are some low-minded persons who call the whole ceremony a Klatsch—Kaffeeklatsch.

    The First Violin|Jessie Fothergill
  • Men were asked to come in when the Klatsch was over and a supper was provided.

    Home Life in Germany|Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

Word Origin and History for klatsch



1953, from German Klatsch "gossip," which is said in German sources to be imitative (cf. klatschen "clap hands," klatsch "a single clap of the hands"). Also cf. clap (v.), which in Middle English also had a sense of "talk noisily or too much, chatter" (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper