a person who tattles; telltale.
either of two shorebirds of the genus Heteroscelus, having a loud, whistling cry.
any of various related shorebirds having shrill cries, as the yellowlegs.
a small bass, Serranus phoebe, of the West Indies and Florida.

Origin of tattler

First recorded in 1540–50; tattle + -er1
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Examples from the Web for tattler

Historical Examples of tattler

  • If there is anything I mortally abhor, it is a tattler and busybody.


    Effie Afton

  • Read the Tattler, as I do, and you'll see what sort of a man your young man is.

    The Business of Life

    Robert W. Chambers

  • "Crosbie always was a—tattler, but it's more than possible that he's right," he said.

    Long Odds

    Harold Bindloss

  • Wilson and King have a tattler too near to them; that's how it came out.

  • Which means, if it become known, I alone could be the tattler.

British Dictionary definitions for tattler



a person who tattles; gossip
any of several sandpipers of the genus Heteroscelus, such as H. incanus (Polynesian tattler), of Pacific coastal regions
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