gossipping








noun

  1. idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars.
  2. light, familiar talk or writing.
  3. Also gos·sip·er, gos·sip·per. a person given to tattling or idle talk.
  4. Chiefly British Dialect. a godparent.
  5. Archaic. a friend, especially a woman.

verb (used without object), gos·siped or gos·sipped, gos·sip·ing or gos·sip·ping.

  1. to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling.

verb (used with object), gos·siped or gos·sipped, gos·sip·ing or gos·sip·ping.

  1. Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
  2. Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.

noun

  1. casual and idle chatto have a gossip with a friend
  2. a conversation involving malicious chatter or rumours about other peoplea gossip about the neighbours
  3. Also called: gossipmonger a person who habitually talks about others, esp maliciously
  4. light easy communicationto write a letter full of gossip
  5. archaic a close woman friend

verb -sips, -siping or -siped

  1. (intr often foll by about) to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)
v.

“to talk idly about the affairs of others,” 1620s, from gossip (n.). Related: Gossiped; gossiping.

n.

Old English godsibb “sponsor, godparent,” from God + sibb “relative” (see sibling). Extended in Middle English to “any familiar acquaintance” (mid-14c.), especially to woman friends invited to attend a birth, later to “anyone engaging in familiar or idle talk” (1560s). Sense extended 1811 to “trifling talk, groundless rumor.” Similar formations in Old Norse guðsifja, Old Saxon guþziff.

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