verb (used without object), tat·tled, tat·tling.
verb (used with object), tat·tled, tat·tling.
Origin of tattle
Related Words for tattleprate, yak, jabber, spill, babble, leak, snitch, noise, rumor, chat, gossip, prattle, blab, chatter, talk, squeal
Examples from the Web for tattle
Historical Examples of tattle
He lowered his voice as if a sea urchin might hear and tattle.Her Father's Daughter
Is not this better than the indulgence in perpetual trifling and tattle?The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
So much so that if she had a husband, he dare not beat her lest she run and tattle to them.
Sooner I had a snake in my hut to run and tattle to the gods of me.
It was no maiden, nor the tattle of the town, that brought you this.
Word Origin for tattle
late 15c., "to stammer, prattle," in Caxton's translation of "Reynard the Fox," probably from Middle Flemish tatelen "to stutter," parallel to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, East Frisian tateren "to chatter, babble," possibly of imitative origin. The meaning "tell tales or secrets" is first recorded 1580s. Sense influenced by tittle. Related: Tattled; tattling.