Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to idle talk; apt to tell tales; tale-bearing.
- v. present participle of tattle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Given to idle talk; apt to tell tales.
- adj. prone to communicate confidential information
“Today on the playground one of my friends runs over to one of the other teachers crying (yes he didnt run over to me because I would have told him its no tattling Tuesday and to move on-no I am not mean but the tattling is overwhelming) Anyways he told her that Gigi wont stop digging to China - he was visibly upset by this and is scared.”
“All contestants will be apprised that “informing,” otherwise known as tattling, will not elicit parental disciplinary action against the “tattlee.””
“Where do you think your son's friend got the idea tattling was an excellent way to solve his problems?”
“Guilt for "tattling" and shame for liking someone when you know what they're doing is wrong.”
“The strategy is based on 'tattling' as far as I can tell.”
“Students need to know that "tattling" is OK - in fact, that it's right - said Wenda Alvarez of the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.”
“Unlike parental consent laws, a parent does not need to give permission for the teenager to have the abortion, making the notification process more of a "tattling" procedure coupled with a waiting period. wrote recently about the use of parental consent laws as simply a way to force teenage girls into unwanted motherhood via complicated consent tasks and What does it mean when a group is systematically denied the right to marry?”
“Instituted a new anonymous "tattling" mechanism for district employees to report corruption?”
“Call it tattling if you will, but it also might have been the greatest gift ever given to Love, and to Huguely — alerting UVa. officials 18 months ahead of time to the horrible trouble looming in their midst.”
“She did not want to come off like a tattling kid, literally running to Daddy.”
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