from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.
- n. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.
- n. Trivial, chatty talk or writing.
- n. A close friend or companion.
- n. Chiefly British A godparent.
- intransitive v. To engage in or spread gossip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who likes to talk about someone else’s private or personal business.
- n. Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present.
- n. A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.
- v. To talk about someone else's private or personal business, especially in a way that spreads the information.
- v. To talk idly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother.
- n. A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary acquaintance.
- n. One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler.
- n. The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor.
- transitive v. To stand sponsor to.
- intransitive v. To make merry.
- intransitive v. To prate; to chat; to talk much.
- intransitive v. To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sponsor; one who answers for a child in baptism; a godfather or godmother.
- n. A friend or neighbor; an intimate companion.
- n. One who goes about tattling and telling news; an idle tattler.
- n. Idle talk, as of one friend or acquaintance to another; especially, confidential or minutely personal remarks about other people; tattle; scandal; trifling or groundless report.
- To be a boon companion.
- To talk idly, especially about other people; chat; tattle.
- To stand godfather to.
- To repeat as gossip: as, to gossip scandal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
- n. a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others
- v. wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
- n. a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
- n. light informal conversation for social occasions
Middle English godsib, gossip, godparent, from Old English godsibb : god, god; see god + sibb, kinsman.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gossib, godsib ("a close friend or relation, a confidant"), from Old English godsibb ("godparent, sponsor"), equivalent to god + sib. (Wiktionary)