from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who spreads malicious stories or gossip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An indiscreet person who spreads gossip.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who officiously tells tales; one who impertinently or maliciously communicates intelligence, scandal, etc., and makes mischief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who tells tales likely to breed mischief; one who carries stories and makes mischief by his officiousness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who gossips indiscreetly
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Busted Flush: 14 the words of a talebearer are as wounds - Melinda M. Snodgrass
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people; neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbor: I am the LORD.
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.
The talebearer shall defile his own soul, and shall be hated by all: and he that shall abide with him shall be hateful: the silent and wise man shall be honoured.
When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.
"Where no wood is there the fire goeth out; so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth."
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