American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Petty gossip; trivial talk.
- v. To talk idly or foolishly; gossip.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To talk idly; prate; gabble.
- n. Idle, trifling talk; insignificant gossip.
- n. An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.
- Gossiping; gabbling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Idle, trifling talk; empty prattle.
- n. rare An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.
- v. To talk idly; to prate.
- n. light informal conversation for social occasions
- v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- Reduplication of tattle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What these documents add is gossip and tittle-tattle between the negotiators.”
“In lieu of direct experience, social tittle-tattle allows people to learn about others across a very wide group, the team say.”
“Thanks for your company on this marathon day of tittle-tattle.”
“Tory loyalists pushed out in front of the TV cameras have dismissed this as "tittle-tattle".”
“Gibson seems to have been ubiquitous in the tittle-tattle press recently, and absolutely none of it is positive.”
“The man is to music bloggers what pissed Whitehall tittle-tattle is to Westminster diarists.”
“Not so if it's just so much tittle-tattle about essentially private affairs.”
“Miss Kitt should never have been subjected to the abuse of their powers by the F.B.I. and the C.I.A., who, under the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, wasted much public money by trying to gather into the relevant files grossly stupid tittle-tattle, in a sinister, surprisingly effective, but fortunately short-lived effort to destroy her career; long enough, however, to do Miss Kitt much damage.”
“Gossip can be the malicious spreading of misinformation, but unsubstantiated tittle-tattle is sometimes all we have to go on.”
“And she may gain some idea what the many targets of News of the World tittle-tattle and tell all stories may have felt.”
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