Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To reveal the plans or activities of another, especially ones that are secret or improper.
  • intransitive verb To chatter; prate.
  • intransitive verb To reveal (something about someone) to another, as through gossiping.
  • noun Idle talk; chatter; prattle.
  • noun A tattletale.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Prate; idle talk or chat; trifling talk.
  • noun Synonyms Chatter, Babble, etc. See prattle.
  • 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.

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

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

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

  • verb intransitive, pejorative To report others' wrongdoings or violations; to tell on somebody; to gossip or to disclose incriminating information.
  • verb intransitive To chatter.
  • noun A tattletale.
  • noun Gossip; idle talk.

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

  • verb speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  • noun disclosing information or giving evidence about another
  • verb divulge confidential information or secrets

Etymologies

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

Middle English tatelen, to stammer, probably from Middle Dutch, of imitative origin.

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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