Definition of tattle in English:


Line breaks: tat¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈtat(ə)l


[mass noun]
  • Gossip; idle talk: for each story of mine, a titbit of town tattle must be exchanged
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    • But Duffy has no truck with those who argue that the player, who is injury-prone and inclined to attract lurid headlines, has little left to offer the sport beyond tears and tabloid tattle.
    • Perelman's free-associative style spun fantasias out of girdle ads, tabloid tattle, sleazy pulp fiction and recipe prose.
    • Just how far I have come from my days of respecting Motson was confirmed yesterday where he destroyed all enjoyment of watching the cup final with his mediocre tattle.
    gossip, rumour, tittle-tattle, hearsay, prattle, scandal, small talk, chit-chat


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late 15th century (in the sense 'falter, stammer', also 'make meaningless sounds', referring to a small child): from Middle Flemish tatelen, tateren, of imitative origin.

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