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gossip

Syllabification: gos·sip
Pronunciation: /ˈɡäsəp
 
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Definition of gossip in English:

noun

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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms

verb (gossips, gossiping, gossiped)

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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.
Synonyms
spread rumors, spread gossip, talk, whisper, tell tales, tittle-tattle, tattle
informal dish the dirt

Origin

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).

Derivatives

gossiper

1
noun
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.

gossipy

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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