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  1. a person who tattles; telltale.

  2. either of two shorebirds of the genus Heteroscelus, having a loud, whistling cry.

  1. any of various related shorebirds having shrill cries, as the yellowlegs.

  2. a small bass, Serranus phoebe, of the West Indies and Florida.

Origin of tattler

First recorded in 1540–50; tattle + -er1

Words Nearby tattler

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How to use tattler in a sentence

  • That the child should be abject and agonized before the grim, cynical tattler of Whisper Cove!

  • The next morning Mr. Belcher was up early in order to get his "tattler" as soon as it was dropped at his door.

    Sevenoaks | J. G. Holland
  • A copy of the 'tattler' lay on the table, which bore unmistakable evidences of having been spitefully crushed in the hand.

    Sevenoaks | J. G. Holland
  • From what office this tattler came he did not know; but it was evident that Bradish was cognizant of the trick.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • "What a silly tattler I am to tell such shocking things to that poor sick child," she said to herself, with lively compunction.

British Dictionary definitions for tattler


/ (ˈtætlə) /

  1. a person who tattles; gossip

  2. any of several sandpipers of the genus Heteroscelus, such as H. incanus (Polynesian tattler), of Pacific coastal regions

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