Definition of tittle-tattle in English:

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tittle-tattle

Pronunciation: /ˈtidlˌtadl/

noun

Idle talk; gossip.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[no object]
Engage in gossip or idle talk.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Early 16th century: reduplication of tattle.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tit·tle-tat·tle

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