Definition of gossip in English:


Line breaks: gos¦sip
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒsɪp


[mass noun]
1Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true: he became the subject of much local gossip
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  • 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.
idle talk, scandal, hearsay;
malicious gossip, whispering campaign, smear campaign;
Frenchbavardage, on dit;
West Indian labrish, shu-shu
informal dirt, buzz, mud-slinging
British informal goss
North American informal scuttlebutt
South African informal skinder
rare bruit
1.1 [count noun] A conversation about other people; an instance of gossiping: she just comes round here for a gossip
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  • Radcliffe had always enjoyed a good gossip about the latest rumours on the circuit and was quite happy to share them with writers who had followed her since she was a teenager.
  • Yeah, here comes the annoying whispers and gossips.
  • She appears here as a more amiable figure, fond of a good gossip, and with an endless fund of stories.
Indian adda
informal chit-chat, jaw, gas, confab, goss
British informal natter, chinwag, rabbit
Scottish & Northern English informal crack
North American informal rap, bull session, gabfest
Australian/New Zealand informal mag, yarn
rare confabulation, colloquy
1.2 [count noun] chiefly derogatory A person who likes talking about other people’s private lives.
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  • 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.
scandalmonger, gossipmonger, tattler, tittle-tattler, busybody, muckraker
informal bad-mouth, bad-mouther

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


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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  • 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.

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