American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who tattles.
- n. Any of several shore birds related to and resembling the sandpipers, especially one of the genus Heteroscelus that is noted for its loud cry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who tattles; an idle talker; a prattler; a telltale.
- n. In ornithology, a bird of the family Scolopacidæ and genus Totanus in a broad sense; one of the Totaneæ; a horseman or gambet: so called from the vociferous cries of most of these birds. There are many species, of several genera, of all parts of the world; and some are noted for their extensive dispersion, as the wandering tattler of various coasts and islands of the Pacific. The word is chiefly a book-name, as those tattlers which are well known in English-speaking countries have other vernacular names, as yellowlegs, yellowshank, redshank, greenshank, willet; and some of them are called
sandpipers, with or without qualifying terms. See the distinctive names (with various cuts), and also Scolopacidæ, sandpiper, snipe, Totanus. and cuts under greenshank, redshank, Rhyacophilus, ruff, Tringoides, Tryngites, willet, and yellowlegs.
- n. One who tattles (notifies authorities of illicit behavior) or is inclined to do so; a tattletale.
- n. Either of two similar bird species in the shorebird genus Heteroscelus (Tringa in some taxonomies).
- n. A device fitted to a vehicle to measure mileage etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of large, long-legged sandpipers belonging to the genus Totanus.
- n. any of several long-legged shorebirds having a loud whistling cry
- n. someone who gossips indiscreetly
- tattle + -er (Wiktionary)
“Don't be such a tattler, Chloe, or you'll have to stay in at recess.”
“On shipboard he would be a sneak, a whiner, a tattler.”
“Eastern Willet, Tringa s. semipalmata synonym; Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, formerly; Symphemia semipalmata, protonym; Scolopax semipalmata, also known as the semipalmated tattler or simply as the willet, photographed at Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, USA.”
“And now I get to go back to work tomorrow faced with the dilemma of tattlin on the tattler to my own boss or playing dumb about it.”
“Pressure the school to gradually change its culture, so that showing concern is labeled as being heroic, rather than being a tattler.”
“He is not a whit less a tattler and a scandal monger than the old Roman tonsor or Figaro, his confrère in Southern Europe.”
“Love your neighbor signifies assist your neighbor, but not — enjoy his conversation with pleasure, if he be tiresome; confide to him your secrets, if he be a tattler; or lend him your money, if he be a spendthrift.”
“It was she — the foolish tattler — who had set the report abroad regarding the poor Indian woman.”
“I like the quote from the intelligence tittle-tattler: In this business nothing is unlikely.”
“It's predictable that the student will be seen as a tattler and whiner when the reaction of most other students is going to be annoyance that *they* have to put up with it so why does this kid think he's so special.”
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