Definition of tittle-tattle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪt(ə)ltat(ə)l


[mass noun]
  • Casual conversation about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as true; gossip: she would never listen to tittle-tattle about another girl
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    • I reckon the gossip surrounding her breasts is just that - idle tittle-tattle.
    • Despite this he added: ‘What's important to me is not who does a particular job but that we get the message across and I'm not going to get involved in tittle-tattle and gossip about who does what.’
    • It's a strange combination of gossip and in-house tittle-tattle.


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  • Engage in casual conversation about other people.
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    • Yet the latest Royal scandal reminds us that as a nation we are still in thrall to gossip and tittle-tattle about the famous - and especially royalty.


early 16th century: reduplication of tattle.

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