Tattle meaning

tăt'l
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.

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To chatter; prate.
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To reveal (something about someone) to another, as through gossiping.
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Idle talk; chatter; prattle.
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A tattletale.
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To talk idly; chatter; gossip.
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To reveal other people's secrets; tell tales.
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To inform against someone.
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To reveal (a secret) through gossiping.
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Idle talk; chatter; tattling.
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(intransitive, pejorative) To report others' wrongdoings or violations; to tell on somebody; to gossip or to disclose incriminating information.
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(intransitive) To chatter.
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Gossip; idle talk.
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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.
    From Wiktionary