Definition of gossip in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡäsəp/


1Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true: he became the subject of much local gossip
More example sentences
  • However, members of the public reading the caption would think it was true and that the gossip he reported was accurate.
  • It's still uncertain if the damaging gossip is true, but if it were, I would only respect Sharon that much more!
  • It all became as terrible as completely true gossip would be.
rumor(s), tittle-tattle, whispers, canards, tidbits;
scandal, hearsay
informal dirt, buzz, scuttlebutt
1.1chiefly derogatory A person who likes talking about other people’s private lives.
Example sentences
  • He was, incongruously, an incurable gossip, careful to label rumour for what it was, but fascinated by it…
  • The first gossips were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  • The government encourages village snoops and urban gossips to volunteer their infinite time and darkest thoughts as a way of keeping the rest of us in line.

verb (gossips, gossiping, gossiped)

[no object]
Engage in gossip: they would start gossiping about her as soon as she left
More example sentences
  • After the show we all sat in the bar and chatted and gossiped.
  • They would have no one to cook for them, no one to clean, and no one to drive the buggy about town while they chatted and gossiped with their friends.
  • The girls all gossiped and chatted, laughing really hard when Noah came to the door, and leaned on the frame.
spread rumors, spread gossip, talk, whisper, tell tales, tittle-tattle, tattle
informal dish the dirt



Pronunciation: /ˈɡäsəpər/
Example sentences
  • All the gaps I've been discussing are the sorts of things that bedevil, perhaps inspire, all biographers, indeed all gossipers.
  • The conversations of these people though, mostly gossipers, was not very interesting as it was considered to me ‘old news’.
  • Heading back towards the idle gossipers, he interrupted their conversation.


Late Old English godsibb 'godfather, godmother, baptismal sponsor', literally 'a person related to one in God', from god 'God' + sibb 'a relative' (see sib). In Middle English the sense was 'a close friend, a person with whom one gossips', hence 'a person who gossips', later (early 19th century) 'idle talk' (from the verb, which dates from the early 17th century).

  • In Old English godsibb or gossip was the word for a godparent. It literally meant ‘a person related to one in God’ and came from god ‘God’ and sibb ‘a relative’, the latter word found in sibling (Old English). Gossip came to be applied to a close friend, especially a female friend invited to be present at a birth. From this developed the idea of a person who enjoys indulging in idle talk, and by the 19th century idle talk or tittle-tattle itself.

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Syllabification: gos·sip

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