Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To reveal the plans or activities of another; gossip. See Synonyms at gossip.
  • intransitive v. To chatter aimlessly; prate.
  • transitive v. To reveal through gossiping.
  • n. Aimless chatter; prattle.
  • n. Gossip; talebearing.
  • n. A tattletale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To report others' wrongdoings or violations; to tell on somebody; to gossip or to disclose incriminating information.
  • v. To chatter.
  • n. A tattletale.
  • n. Gossip; idle talk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To prate; to talk idly; to use many words with little meaning; to chat.
  • intransitive v. To tell tales; to communicate secrets; to be a talebearer.
  • n. Idle talk or chat; trifling talk; prate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prate; talk idly; use many words with little meaning; prattle; chatter; chat.
  • To gossip; carry tales. See tattling, p. a.
  • To utter idly; blab.
  • n. Prate; idle talk or chat; trifling talk.
  • n. Synonyms Chatter, Babble, etc. See prattle.

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

  • v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  • n. disclosing information or giving evidence about another
  • v. divulge confidential information or secrets

Etymologies

Middle English tatelen, to stammer, probably from Middle Dutch, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Twittle-twattle, which in his day combined the senses now expressed by twaddle and tittle-tattle, is a 'vile word.'

    On Dictionaries

  • However, it's easy to imagine lots of non-murderous people will be subject to them as an arse covering measure by supernintendos on the basis of nothing more than title tattle and unproven allegations.

    The Policeman's Blog

  • So Louise now confides in Julianne some of Helen's newer gossip, it's more scandalous tittle-tattle, which is Harvey's cue to make his sweet little exit, hisbe right back, and walk along the Chattahoochee, where he can kneel by the rocks, check for wriggling bodies under the stones along the river.

    Julianne

  • After much consternation (come on – who, even years after kindergarten, wants to be known as a tattle tale?), she decided to SAY something, just as the slogan plastered all over NYC since 9-11 suggests.

    July 2007

  • Of course, I just took it because I didn't want to be called a tattle tale and get harassed even more.

    general erections

  • Do you have any phobias or fears that would disqualify you from torture, such as: drowning, bugs, Christmas Carols, being called a tattle-tale, etc.?

    PoliticalDerby.com

  • Paul's fear didn't subside there, as his interviewer can be heard asking him about "tattle" crews who were supposedly dispatched to report instances of people badmouthing President Obama.

    Rand Paul Compared Obama's Rise To Power To Hitler's In 2009 (VIDEO)

  • I DO hope both candidates will get better control of their campaign staff ..... most of the hostility occurs between the staffs, who go running to the media to "tattle," and the media whips that nonsense into a frenzy, on purpose.

    South Carolina Exit Polls: Even Hillary Voters Say She Unfairly Attacked Obama

  • About 20 minutes later, the mom says the neighbor ` s child came by and said, "Hey, Nevaeh is playing on her scooter on the street," kind of tattle-taling.

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2009

  • He did not wish to "tattle" on anybody, and, besides, not having a forward nature, he shrank from the exposure.

    Richard Dare's Venture

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