from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.
- noun A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.
- noun Trivial, chatty talk or writing.
- noun A close friend or companion.
- noun Chiefly British A godparent.
- intransitive verb To engage in or spread gossip.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To be a boon companion.
- To talk idly, especially about other people; chat; tattle.
- To stand godfather to.
- To repeat as gossip: as, to
- noun A sponsor; one who answers for a child in baptism; a godfather or godmother.
- noun A friend or neighbor; an intimate companion.
- noun One who goes about tattling and telling news; an idle tattler.
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb obsolete To stand sponsor to.
- noun A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother.
- noun obsolete A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary acquaintance.
- noun One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler.
- noun The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor.
- intransitive verb obsolete To make merry.
- intransitive verb To prate; to chat; to talk much.
- intransitive verb To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Someone who likes to talk about someone else’s private or personal business.
- noun Idle
talkabout someone’s privateor personalmatters, especially someone not present.
- noun A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.
- verb To talk about someone else's private or personal business, especially in a way that
- verb To talk
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb talk socially without exchanging too much information
- noun a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others
- verb wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
- noun a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
- noun light informal conversation for social occasions
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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.'