Tattled on his sister when she snuck out; tattled to his parents about what his sister did.
Origin of tattle
- Middle English tatelen to stammer probably from Middle Dutch of imitative origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.