Definition of gossip in English:


Line breaks: gos¦sip
Pronunciation: /ˈgɒsɪp


[mass noun]

verb (gossips, gossiping, gossiped)

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  • Engage in gossip: they would start gossiping about her as soon as she left
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    • 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 rumours, spread gossip, circulate rumours, spread stories, tittle-tattle, tattle, talk, whisper, tell tales, muckrake
    informal dish the dirt
    South African informal skinder
    literary bruit something abroad/about
    chat, talk, converse, speak to each other, discuss things, have a talk, have a chat, have a tête-à-tête, have a conversation, engage in conversation
    informal gas, have a confab, chew the fat/rag, jaw, rap, yak, yap
    British informal natter, have a chinwag, chinwag
    North American informal shoot the breeze, shoot the bull, visit
    Australian/New Zealand informal mag
    formal confabulate



More 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.


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  • Four elderly women were seated in the centre having a really loud, gossipy conversation.
  • I'm just embarrassed at a couple gossipy things I said!
  • Your mom isn't guilty of gossipy blabbing - after all, she told your father about something that upset you because they both love and care about you.


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).

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