Definitions

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  • n. Relationship by baptismal rites; spiritual affinity or parentage; sponsorship.
  • n. Idle talk; gossip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Relationship by baptismal rites; spiritual affinity; sponsorship.
  • n. Idle talk; gossip.

Etymologies

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From Middle English gossiprede, gossybrede, godsibrede, from Old English gōdsibbrǣden ("sponsorial obligations"), equivalent to gossip +‎ -red.

Examples

  • Proudfute, having been active in spreading these reports, as indeed his element lay in such gossipred, some words passed betwixt him and me on the subject; and, as I think, he left me with the purpose of visiting Henry

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • The English Earl knew he could only obtain possession by treachery; he therefore leagued with Roe O'Brien, "so that they entered into gossipred with each other, and took vows by bells and relics to retain mutual friendship;" or, as the Annals of Clonmacnois have it,

    An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800

  • Having for allies many of the northern Irish, whose chieftain, O'Neill, invited him to be King over the Gael in Ireland, and whose neighbourhood to the Scottish coast made them regard his followers as their fellow-countrymen, he courted them on all occasions, and thus the Irish customs of gossipred and fostering -- preferring the Brehon laws to statute law, whether enacted at

    An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800

  • This statute enacts (1) that any alliance with the Irish by marriage, nurture of infants, or gossipred [standing sponsors], should be punishable as high treason; (2) that any man of English race taking an

    An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800

  • It seems that his mother was a good-looking, laughing, buxom mistress of an inn between Stratford and London, at which Will Shakspeare often quartered as he went down to his native town; and that out of friendship and gossipred, as we say in Scotland, Will Shakspeare became godfather to Will

    Woodstock

  • Among other things the statute enacted that "the alliaunce of the English by marriage with any Irish, the nurture of infantes, and gossipred with the Irish, be deemed high treason."

    Notes and Queries, Number 195, July 23, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

  • Out of this reason; -- in the middle ages it was the prevailing belief (and the Romish Church still affirms it), that those who stood as sponsors to the same child, besides contracting spiritual obligations on behalf of that child, also contracted spiritual affinity one with another; they became _sib_, or akin, in _God_; and thus ‘gossips’; hence ‘gossipred’, an old word, exactly analogous to

    English Past and Present

  • Special, short-lived alliances between lords of different Provinces are indeed frequent; but they were brought about mostly by ties of relationship or gossipred, and dissolved with the disappearance of the immediate danger.

    A Popular History of Ireland : from the Earliest Period to the Emancipation of the Catholics — Volume 1

  • Stratford and London, at which Will Shakspeare often quartered as he went down to his native town; and that out of friendship and gossipred, as we say in Scotland, Will Shakspeare became godfather to Will

    Woodstock; or, the Cavalier

  • “For the sake of our old gossipred, and for the love of Our

    The Fair Maid of Perth

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