from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A christening feast or other merry assemblage.
  • noun Idle talk; chatter; scandal-mongering.

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  • verb Present participle of gossip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a conversation that spreads personal information about other people


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  • I may believe that gossiping is immoral, love gossip, gossip constantly, elicit and encourage gossip, all without failing to believe that gossip is wrong.

    Carry-Over Thread

  • The chasseurs-à-pied were lounging along the roadside and standing in gossiping groups about the motor.

    Fighting France

  • The New England capital he had further described as a gossiping country town with a tone of criticism so narrow and vulgar as scarcely to hide the parochial sort of venom which engendered it.

    James Fenimore Cooper American Men of Letters

  • It is clearly utterly wrong - let's say crass - for coppers to be pre-empting due process by briefing the press aka gossiping about whether this man was or was not a terrorist.

    Art Car Parade: The Emperor's New Car

  • And I canna think Mrs. Bug has lived sae long without being called a gossiping busybody before.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • The girls were expected to be ready promptly at six-fifteen, but dressing hour might more properly have been termed gossiping hour, since it was more often given over to general discussions, Stella's pretty room, or Peggy's and Polly's, proving as a rule a rendezvous.

    Peggy Stewart at School

  • It's called gossiping folks and it doesn't matter how many ways you want to couch in cutsy Web 2.0 or social media buzzwords that is exactly what citizen journalism is.

    Shooting at Bubbles

  • In 2008, 250,000 VA employees reported that a co-worker had engaged in exclusionary behaviors such as gossiping, withholding information, and bullying.

    Natalie Holder-Winfield: When Victims of Discrimination Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

  • Research has also shown that when girls mask or deny anger, it emerges in others ways such as gossiping, excluding, insulting, and other forms of social manipulation (aka "relational aggression").

    Tabby Biddle: Are Girls Really Meaner?

  • It's not as if Edwards is still a senator, so she's not "gossiping" about a colleague.

    GOP Sen. Susan Collins: Edwards Is The Father


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