gossip or foolish chatter.

verb (used without object), tit·tle-tat·tled, tit·tle-tat·tling.

to gossip or chatter.

Origin of tittle-tattle

First recorded in 1520–30; gradational compound based on tittle to whisper, gossip
Related formstit·tle-tat·tler, noun
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Contemporary Examples of tittle-tattle

Historical Examples of tittle-tattle

  • I was very young at this time, but I already had a certain disdain for tittle-tattle.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • She takes no interest in anything beyond the tittle-tattle of the county.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • Tittle-tattle will effect no lodgment in the Asquithian brain.

  • Self-importance, jealousy, tittle-tattle are the order of the day.

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

  • Put an end to this tittle-tattle, to this idle babble, that set us defying one another.



British Dictionary definitions for tittle-tattle



idle chat or gossip


(intr) to chatter or gossip
Derived Formstittle-tattler, noun
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