American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To engage in or spread gossip.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother.
- n. obsolete 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.
- v. obsolete To stand sponsor to.
- v. obsolete To make merry.
- v. To prate; to chat; to talk much.
- v. To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.
- 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
- From Middle English gossib, godsib ("a close friend or relation, a confidant"), from Old English godsibb ("godparent, sponsor"), equivalent to god + sib. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English godsib, gossip, godparent, from Old English godsibb : god, god; see god + sibb, kinsman. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For the sake of this discussion, forget the negative connotations of the word gossip.”
“Towards the end of the previous term gossip had it that the master of the Manor had been offered an appointment elsewhere.”
“I meant to have told you, but you are so grand in your lofty contempt of what you call gossip, but which I call good neighbourly intercourse!”
“Like most wits, Mr. Epstein has the gift of turning cruelty into entertainment, a phrase that could serve as another definition of gossip.”
“Because they believe that the local gossip is actually of national interest.”
“We tell stories about ourselves every day, in gossip, in conversation, in blogs and emails and telephone calls.”
“She had a better understanding of Shakespeare than any of my teachers ever did, but she also delighted in gossip, tabloid papers and, increasingly over the years, TV shows.”
“Most workers coast through Monday getting their brain in gear and catching up with gossip from the weekend through social networking sites.”
“With few police actually on the ground and in daily contact with such local information, call it gossip, chat, or passing the time of day, then just how can they get to know things?”
“The gossip is always about who is acquiring whom, and it is driven by talk such as 'weak pipelines' or 'strong pipelines.”
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