Gossip meaning

gŏsəp
Gossip means to tell secret information to another person.

Passing on personal details about a neighbor to another neighbor is an example of gossip.

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A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.
noun
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The definition of a gossip is someone who reveals personal information about others.

A friend who passes on the secrets of other friends, but asks you not to tell is an example of a gossip.

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Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.
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Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present.
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Someone who likes to talk about someone else’s private or personal business.
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To talk about someone else's private or personal business, especially in a way that spreads the information.
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A godparent.
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Gossip is defined as the private information about others shared in conversation or print.

Articles about the lives of movie stars in magazines are an example of gossip.

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To engage in or spread gossip.

Gossiped about the neighbors.

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A close friend or companion.
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A person who chatters or repeats idle talk and rumors, esp. about the private affairs of others.
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To talk idly.
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To be a gossip or engage in gossip.
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Trivial, chatty talk or writing.
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A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.
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Origin of gossip

  • Middle English godsib, gossip godparent from Old English godsibb god god god sibb kinsman s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gossib, godsib (“a close friend or relation, a confidant”), from Old English godsibb (“godparent, sponsor”), equivalent to god +‎ sib.

    From Wiktionary