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verb (used without object),tat·tled, tat·tling.
  1. to let out secrets.

  2. to chatter, prate, or gossip.

verb (used with object),tat·tled, tat·tling.
  1. to utter idly; disclose by gossiping.

  1. the act of tattling.

  2. idle talk; chatter; gossip.

Origin of tattle

1475–85; <Dutch tatelen; cognate with Middle Low German tatelen

Other words from tattle

  • tat·tling·ly, adverb

Words Nearby tattle

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How to use tattle in a sentence

  • The writer observed that he was not anxious about H. Greville who loved tittle-tattle, and would get what he wanted there.

  • Mother believed the story all nonsense, and was very much concerned that people should repeat such silly tattle.

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  • Looking down the table I told myself that it must be the very home of idle gossip and the hot-bed of tittle-tattle.

British Dictionary definitions for tattle


/ (ˈtætəl) /

  1. (intr) to gossip about another's personal matters or secrets

  2. (tr) to reveal by gossiping: to tattle a person's secrets

  1. (intr) to talk idly; chat

  1. the act or an instance of tattling

  2. a scandalmonger or gossip

Origin of tattle

C15 (in the sense: to stammer, hesitate): from Middle Dutch tatelen to prate, of imitative origin

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