[ tit-l-tat-l ]
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  1. gossip or foolish chatter.

verb (used without object),tit·tle-tat·tled, tit·tle-tat·tling.
  1. to gossip or chatter.

Origin of tittle-tattle

First recorded in 1520–30; gradational compound based on tittle to whisper, gossip

Other words from tittle-tattle

  • tittle-tattler, noun

Words Nearby tittle-tattle

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How to use tittle-tattle in a sentence

  • The writer observed that he was not anxious about H. Greville who loved tittle-tattle, and would get what he wanted there.

  • Looking down the table I told myself that it must be the very home of idle gossip and the hot-bed of tittle-tattle.

  • tittle-tattle—a magnificent title; the very thing to catch the multitude.'

    New Grub Street | George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for tittle-tattle


  1. idle chat or gossip

  1. (intr) to chatter or gossip

Derived forms of tittle-tattle

  • tittle-tattler, noun

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