Tattle Definition

tattled, tattles, tattling
tattled, tattles, tattling
To reveal the plans or activities of another, especially ones that are secret or improper.
Tattled on his sister when she snuck out; tattled to his parents about what his sister did.
American Heritage
To talk idly; chatter; gossip.
Webster's New World
To reveal (a secret) through gossiping.
Webster's New World
To reveal other people's secrets; tell tales.
Webster's New World
To inform against someone.
Webster's New World
Idle talk; chatter; tattling.
Webster's New World
A tattletale.
American Heritage

Origin of Tattle

  • Likely akin to M.Du., M.L.G., E.Fris. tateren - "to chatter, babble", possibly of imitative origin. Attested in 1481, in William Caxton's translation of "The History of Reynard the Fox" in the sense "to stutter", probably borrowed from Middle Dutch.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English tatelen to stammer probably from Middle Dutch of imitative origin

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

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