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gos·sip

 (gŏs′əp)
n.
1. Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.
2. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.
3. Trivial, chatty talk or writing.
4. A close friend or companion.
5. Chiefly British A godparent.
intr.v. gos·siped, gos·sip·ing, gos·sips
To engage in or spread gossip: gossiped about the neighbors.

[Middle English godsib, gossip, godparent, from Old English godsibb : god, god; see god + sibb, kinsman; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

gos′sip·er n.
gos′sip·ry n.
gos′sip·y adj.

gossip

(ˈɡɒsɪp)
n
1. casual and idle chat: to have a gossip with a friend.
2. a conversation involving malicious chatter or rumours about other people: a gossip about the neighbours.
3. Also called: gossipmonger a person who habitually talks about others, esp maliciously
4. light easy communication: to write a letter full of gossip.
5. archaic a close woman friend
vb, -sips, -siping or -siped
(often foll by: about) to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)
[Old English godsibb godparent, from god + sib; the term came to be applied to familiar friends, esp a woman's female friends at the birth of a child, hence a person, esp a woman, fond of light talk]
ˈgossiper, ˈgossipper n
ˈgossiping n, adj
ˈgossipingly adv
ˈgossipy adj

gos•sip

(ˈgɒs əp)

n., v. -siped -sipped, -sip•ing -sip•ping. n.
1. idle talk or rumor, esp. about the private affairs of others.
2. light, familiar talk or writing.
3. Also, gos′sip•er, gos′sip•per. a person given to tattling or idle talk.
4. Archaic. a friend, esp. a woman.
v.i.
5. to talk idly, esp. about others.
[before 1050; < Old English godsibb, orig. godparent =god God + sibb related; see sib]
gos′sip•y, adj.

Gossip

 
  1. [News in the computer industry] as rife with rumor as the C.I.A. or the National Security Council —Erik Sandberg-Diment, New York Times, January 25, 1987
  2. Collected them [rumors] as a child might collect matchbooks —W. P. Kinsella
  3. Confirmed gossips are like connoisseurs of cheese; the stuff they relish must be stout —Holman Day
  4. Delivered more gossip than the National Enquirer —Joseph Wambaugh
  5. Far and wide the tale was told, like a snowball growing while it rolled —John Greenleaf Whittier
  6. Fond of gossip as an old woman —Ivan Turgenev
  7. An indiscreet man is like an unsealed letter, everybody can read it —Sebastian Shamfort
  8. Little words of speculation drone like bees in a bottle —Beryl Markham
  9. News as roaring in the air like a flight of bees —Truman Capote
  10. News … would have run like a pistol shot through Faithful House [the name of publishing business around which Swinnerton’s novel, Faithful Company, centers] —Frank Swinnerton
  11. Rumor … it had gone like a fire in dry grass —William Faulkner

    See Also: SPREADING

  12. Rumors [on Iranian arms scandal’s effect on Washington] are spreading like lava from a volcano —Senator Robert Byrd, CBS-TV news program, broadcast December 5th
  13. Rumors began to thicken like a terrible blizzard —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  14. Rumors … flew like birds out of the unknown —Stephen Crane
  15. Rumors swirled around his name like the waters in a riptide —Peter De Vries
  16. Rumors that rush around … inflating as they go, like giant balloons until somebody comes along to prick them —Vita Sackville-West
  17. Scandal, like a kite, to fly well, depends greatly on the length of the tale it has to carry —Punch, 1854
  18. A secret in his [the gossip’s] mouth is like a wild bird put into a cage; whose door no sooner opens, but it is out —Ben Jonson
  19. Spits out secrets like hot custard —Thomas Fuller
  20. Stories, like dragons, are hard to kill … If the snake does not, the tale runs still —John Greenleaf Whittier
  21. Tale-bearers are as bad as the talemakers —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  22. Tell tales out of school like a child —Honoré de Balzac
  23. They come together like the coroner’s inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week —William Congreve
  24. They [a talkative family] fly around with news in their beaks like blue jays —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  25. Traded in gossip the way grown-ups play the stock market —Nora Johnson This comparison by the teen-aged narrator in The World of Henry Orient would be equally apt without the reference to age.
  26. Trumpeting it [a secret] … like an elephant in heat —William Alfred
  27. The United States government leaks like a rusty tin can —David Brinkley, “This Week With David Brinkley,” ABC-TV, November 16, 1986
  28. Word gets around..it’s like jungle drums —George Axelrod
  29. Word of scandal spreads like a spot of oil —Marcel Proust

gossip


Past participle: gossiped
Gerund: gossiping

Imperative
gossip
gossip
Present
I gossip
you gossip
he/she/it gossips
we gossip
you gossip
they gossip
Preterite
I gossiped
you gossiped
he/she/it gossiped
we gossiped
you gossiped
they gossiped
Present Continuous
I am gossiping
you are gossiping
he/she/it is gossiping
we are gossiping
you are gossiping
they are gossiping
Present Perfect
I have gossiped
you have gossiped
he/she/it has gossiped
we have gossiped
you have gossiped
they have gossiped
Past Continuous
I was gossiping
you were gossiping
he/she/it was gossiping
we were gossiping
you were gossiping
they were gossiping
Past Perfect
I had gossiped
you had gossiped
he/she/it had gossiped
we had gossiped
you had gossiped
they had gossiped
Future
I will gossip
you will gossip
he/she/it will gossip
we will gossip
you will gossip
they will gossip
Future Perfect
I will have gossiped
you will have gossiped
he/she/it will have gossiped
we will have gossiped
you will have gossiped
they will have gossiped
Future Continuous
I will be gossiping
you will be gossiping
he/she/it will be gossiping
we will be gossiping
you will be gossiping
they will be gossiping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gossiping
you have been gossiping
he/she/it has been gossiping
we have been gossiping
you have been gossiping
they have been gossiping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gossiping
you will have been gossiping
he/she/it will have been gossiping
we will have been gossiping
you will have been gossiping
they will have been gossiping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gossiping
you had been gossiping
he/she/it had been gossiping
we had been gossiping
you had been gossiping
they had been gossiping
Conditional
I would gossip
you would gossip
he/she/it would gossip
we would gossip
you would gossip
they would gossip
Past Conditional
I would have gossiped
you would have gossiped
he/she/it would have gossiped
we would have gossiped
you would have gossiped
they would have gossiped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gossip - light informal conversation for social occasionsgossip - light informal conversation for social occasions
chat, confab, confabulation, schmoose, schmooze - an informal conversation
2.gossip - a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip"
report, account - the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
earful - an outpouring of gossip
hearsay, rumor, rumour - gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
grapevine, pipeline, word of mouth - gossip spread by spoken communication; "the news of their affair was spread by word of mouth"
malicious gossip, scandal, dirt - disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
talk of the town, talk - idle gossip or rumor; "there has been talk about you lately"
3.gossip - a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others
communicator - a person who communicates with others
cat - a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!"
scandalmonger - a person who spreads malicious gossip
blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale - someone who gossips indiscreetly
yenta - (Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal
Verb1.gossip - wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies; "She won't dish the dirt"
talk, speak - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
bruit, rumor, rumour - tell or spread rumors; "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman"
2.gossip - talk socially without exchanging too much informationgossip - talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze - talk idly or casually and in a friendly way

gossip

noun
1. idle talk, scandal, hearsay, tittle-tattle, buzz, dirt (U.S. slang), jaw (slang), gen (Brit. informal), small talk, chitchat, blether, scuttlebutt (U.S. slang), chinwag (Brit. informal) There has been a lot of gossip about the reasons for his absence. a magazine packed with celebrity gossip
2. busybody, babbler, prattler, chatterbox (informal), blether, chatterer, scandalmonger, gossipmonger She was a vicious old gossip.
verb
1. chat, chatter, blather, schmooze (slang), jaw (slang), dish the dirt (informal), blether, shoot the breeze (slang, chiefly U.S.), chew the fat or rag (slang) We gossiped well into the night.
Quotations
"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about" [Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray]
"Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those that diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker" [George Eliot Daniel Deronda]

gossip

noun
1. Idle, often sensational and groundless talk about others:
Slang: scuttlebutt.
2. A person habitually engaged in idle talk about others:
Slang: yenta.
verb
To engage in or spread gossip:
Translations
ثَرثَرَه، حديثقِيلٌ و قَالقيل وقالمُحِب للقيل والقاليثرثر، يتحدَّث عن الآخرين
drbyklábositklepnaklepyklevetit
sladdersladderkællingsladresludresludre med
klaĉo
juorujuoruta
לרכלרכילות
tračtračati
pletykapletykafészektereferél
kjaftaskjóîaslúîra, segja kjaftasöguslúîur, kjaftasagaslúîur, spjallspjalla, slúîra
うわさ話うわさ話をする
가십수군거리다
apkalbosaukštuomenės kronikaliežuvautiliežuvautojasliežuvingas
papļāpāšanapapļāpātpļāpapļāpastenkas
klebetiťklebetnicaporozprávanie saporozprávať sa
klepetatiklepetuljaopravljanjeopravljati
skvallerskvallra
การนินทานินทา
buôn chuyệnchuyện phiếm

gossip

[ˈgɒsɪp]
A. N
1. (= scandal, malicious stories) → cotilleo m, chismorreo m
2. (= chatter) → charla f
we had a good old gossipcharlamos un buen rato
3. (= person) → cotilla mf, chismoso/a m/f
B. VI
1. (= scandalmonger) → cotillear, chismorrear
2. (= chatter) → charlar
C. CPD gossip column Necos mpl de sociedad
gossip columnist, gossip writer Ncronista mf de sociedad

gossip

[ˈgɒsɪp]
n
(= talk) (in village, workplace, milieu)commérages mpl, cancans mpl
Tell me the gossip! → Raconte-moi les cancans !
gossip about sb → des commérages sur qn
There's been a lot of gossip about it → Il y a eu beaucoup de cancans là-dessus.
a piece of gossip → un ragot, un racontar
(= chat) → bavardages mpl
(= person) → commère f
She's such a gossip! → C'est une vraie commère!
vi
(= chat) → bavarder
They were always gossiping → Elles étaient tout le temps en train de bavarder.
to gossip with sb → bavarder avec qn
to gossip about sb → cancaner sur qn, faire des commérages sur qn
They gossiped about her → Elles faisaient des commérages à son sujet.gossip column néchos mplgossip columnist néchotier/ière m/f

gossip

n
Klatsch m, → Tratsch m (inf); (= chat)Schwatz m; to have a gossip with somebodymit jdm schwatzen or plauschen (inf)or klönen (N Ger); it started a lot of gossipes gab Anlass zu vielem Gerede or Tratsch (inf)or Klatsch; office gossipBürotratsch m (inf)
(= person)Klatschbase f
vischwatzen, plauschen (inf), → klönen (N Ger); (maliciously) → klatschen, tratschen (inf)

gossip

:
gossip column
nKlatschkolumne or -spalte f
gossip columnist
nKlatschkolumnist(in) m(f)

gossip

:
gossipmonger
nKlatschmaul nt (inf)
gossipmongering
nKlatscherei f, → Tratscherei f (inf)

gossip

[ˈgɒsɪp]
1. n (talk) → chiacchiere fpl; (scandal) → pettegolezzi mpl; (person) → pettegolo/a, chiacchierone/a
a piece of gossip → un pettegolezzo
2. vi (talk) → chiacchierare
to gossip (about) (talk scandal) → fare pettegolezzi (su), chiacchierare (sul conto di)

gossip

(ˈgosip) noun
1. talk about other people's affairs, not always truthful. I never pay any attention to gossip.
2. a chat. She dropped in for a cup of coffee and a gossip.
3. a person who listens to and passes on gossip. She's a dreadful gossip.
verb
1. to pass on gossip.
2. to chat.
ˈgossipy adjective
fond of gossiping. gossipy neighbours.
gossip column
an article in a newspaper etc containing gossip about famous people.

gossip

قِيلٌ و قَال, يَنْهَمِكُ في القِيلِ والقَال drby, klábosit sladder, sludre med Klatsch, schwatzen κουτσομπολεύω, κουτσομπολιό chisme, chismorrear, cotillear, cotilleo juoru, juoruta cancaner, ragot trač, tračati pettegolezzo, spettegolare うわさ話, うわさ話をする 가십, 수군거리다 roddelen, roddeltje sladder, sladre oplotkować, plotka fofoca, fofocar сплетничать, сплетня skvaller, skvallra การนินทา, นินทา dedikodu, dedikodu yapmak buôn chuyện, chuyện phiếm 说闲话, 闲话
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Meg knew Sallie and was at her ease very soon, but Jo, who didn't care much for girls or girlish gossip, stood about, with her back carefully against the wall, and felt as much out of place as a colt in a flower garden.
He talked to her while he undressed, telling her anecdotes and bits of news and gossip that he had gathered during the day.
But when we first knew them, in the dear old cabin, there wasn't any other woman and nobody to gossip, and that's what made it so nice.
But, besides these cold, formal, and empty words of the chisel that inscribes, the voice that speaks, and the pen that writes, for the public eye and for distant time,--and which inevitably lose much of their truth and freedom by the fatal consciousness of so doing,--there were traditions about the ancestor, and private diurnal gossip about the Judge, remarkably accordant in their testimony.
From his half-itinerant life, also, he was a kind of traveling gazette, carrying the whole budget of local gossip from house to house, so that his appearance was always greeted with satisfaction.
Later on in the evening a traveler's horse was brought in by the second hostler, and while he was cleaning him a young man with a pipe in his mouth lounged into the stable to gossip.
A little harmless gossip ensued on various themes, such as where old Aunt Sally got her new red headkerchief, and how "Missis was a going to give Lizzy that spotted muslin gown, when she'd got her new berage made up;" and how Mas'r Shelby was thinking of buying a new sorrel colt, that was going to prove an addition to the glories of the place.
I had soon read all the tracts that were left there, and examined where former prisoners had broken out, and where a grate had been sawed off, and heard the history of the various occupants of that room; for I found that even there there was a history and a gossip which never circulated beyond the walls of the jail.
Then he went on to say he was an under-cook and could not stop to gossip, though he would like it another time; for it would comfort his very liver to know where I got my clothes.
A jay can cry, a jay can laugh, a jay can feel shame, a jay can reason and plan and discuss, a jay likes gossip and scandal, a jay has got a sense of humor, a jay knows when he is an ass just as well as you do--maybe better.
Besides, I know a good many dead people, and I was calculating to hunt them up and swap a little gossip with them about friends, and old times, and one thing or another, and ask them how they like it here, as far as they have got.
But when he left, he left in great spirits, for he perceived that just by pure luck and no troublesome labor he had accomplished several delightful things: he had touched both men on a raw spot and seen them squirm; he had modified Wilson's sweetness for the twins with one small bitter taste that he wouldn't be able to get out of his mouth right away; and, best of all, he had taken the hated twins down a peg with the community; for Blake would gossip around freely, after the manner of detectives, and within a week the town would be laughing at them in its sleeve for offering a gaudy reward for a bauble which they either never possessed or hadn't lost.