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tattle

[ tat-l ]
/ ˈtæt l /
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verb (used without object), tat·tled, tat·tling.
to let out secrets.
to chatter, prate, or gossip.
verb (used with object), tat·tled, tat·tling.
to utter idly; disclose by gossiping.
noun
the act of tattling.
idle talk; chatter; gossip.
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Origin of tattle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM tattle

tat·tling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for tattle

tattle
/ (ˈtætəl) /

verb
(intr) to gossip about another's personal matters or secrets
(tr) to reveal by gossipingto tattle a person's secrets
(intr) to talk idly; chat
noun
the act or an instance of tattling
a scandalmonger or gossip

Word Origin for tattle

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