from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who spreads news, especially a gossip.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person who deals in news; one who employs much time in hearing and telling news; a retailer of gossip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who deals in news; one who is active in hearing and telling news.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun gossiper
  • noun journalist

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

  • noun a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others


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  • Accordingly, to add the strength of example to precept, Demetrius himself girt up his loins, and retreated with the most edifying speed to the opposite side of the ridge, accompanied by the greater part of the crowd, who had tarried there to witness the contest which the newsmonger promised, and were determined to take his word for their own safety.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • The newsmonger is of the number, but his manner is not quite hearty — there is something of surliness in his compliments.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • What news tell me? all hairs dresser are newsmonger.

    Boing Boing: September 4, 2005 - September 10, 2005 Archives

  • She was a mischievous newsmonger, and was keenly wondering what the effect of her words would be.

    Sister Carrie

  • “I knew he would show them to every newsmonger about the clubs,” said Phineas angrily.

    Phineas Redux

  • Petersburg newsmonger — one of those men who choose their opinions like their clothes according to the fashion, but who for that very reason appear to be the warmest partisans.

    War and Peace

  • And it was due in some measure to Oline that things had turned out no worse; so earnest was she in trying to secure a small remainder for herself that she dragged to light forgotten items that she, as gossip and newsmonger for years, remembered still, or matters outstanding which others would have passed over on purpose, to avoid causing unpleasantness to respectable fellow-citizens.

    The Growth of the Soil

  • No matter what the Voice of America says, we know it is a newsmonger, although it claims to be objective.


  • Several dainty missives and a lace handkerchief, with a monogram, invited the unscrupulous and prying glance of the inquisitive newsmonger.

    Under the Rose

  • Upon this, Annette would vehemently maintain that fed they were, and amply, as she had seen Elliott cut up their meat; whilst the friendly newsmonger would charitably hint, that her intended knew as well as most men how to turn an _honest_ penny, by cheating the dogs of their food, and selling it elsewhere.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 560, August 4, 1832


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  • The spirit of party is risen to a kind of phrenzy, unknown to former ages, or rather degenerated to a total extinction of honesty and candour -- You know I have observed, for some time, that the public papers are become the infamous vehicles of the most cruel and perfidious defamation: every rancorous knave, every desperate incendiary, that can afford to spend half a crown or three shillings, may skulk behind the press of a newsmonger, and have a stab at the first character in the kingdom, without running the least hazard of detection or punishment.

    - Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (Bramble to Lewis), 1771

    January 6, 2009