Definitions for: Gossip


[n] light informal conversation for social occasions
[n] a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip"
[n] a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others
[v] chew the fat; shoot the breeze
[v] wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies



Webster (1913) Definition: Gos"sip, n. [OE. gossib, godsib, a relation or sponsor
in baptism, a relation by a religious obligation, AS.
godsibb, fr. god + sib alliance, relation; akin to G. sippe,
Goth. sibja, and also to Skr. sabh[=a] assembly.]
1. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother.

Should a great lady that was invited to be a gossip,
in her place send her kitchen maid, 't would be ill
taken. --Selden.

2. A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary
acquaintance. [Obs.]

My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal. --Shak.

3. One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an
idle tattler.

The common chat of gossips when they meet. --Dryden.

4. The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor.

Bubbles o'er like a city with gossip, scandal, and
spite. --Tennyson.


Gos"sip, v. t.
To stand sponsor to. [Obs.] --Shak.


Gos"sip, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gossiped; p. pr. & vb.
n. Gossiping.]
1. To make merry. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. To prate; to chat; to talk much. --Shak.

3. To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.

Synonyms: causerie, chaffer, chat, chatter, chin-wag, chin-wagging, chitchat, chitchat, claver, comment, confab, confabulate, gab, gabfest, gossiper, jaw, natter, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger, scuttlebutt, small talk, tittle-tattle, visit

See Also: account, blabbermouth, bruit, cat, chat, communicator, confab, confabulation, converse, dirt, discourse, earful, grapevine, hearsay, jawbone, malicious gossip, pipeline, report, rumor, rumor, rumour, rumour, scandal, scandalmonger, schmoose, schmoose, schmooze, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze, speak, talebearer, taleteller, talk, talk, talk of the town, tattler, tattletale, telltale, word of mouth, yenta

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