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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.

Gossiping

 an assemblage where this is the chief occupation, 1630; gossipdom, 1892; gossiphood, 1856.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gossiping - a conversation that spreads personal information about other peoplegossiping - a conversation that spreads personal information about other people
conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
scandalmongering - spreading malicious gossip
Translations

gossiping

[ˈgɒsɪpɪŋ]
A. ADJcotilla, chismoso
B. Ncotilleo m, chismorreo m

gossiping

adjgeschwätzig, schwatzhaft; (malicious) → klatschsüchtig; to have a gossiping tongueein Klatschmaul sein (inf); her gossiping tongue will get her into troubleihre Klatschsucht wird ihr noch einmal Unannehmlichkeiten einbringen
nGeschwätz nt; (malicious) → Geklatsche nt, → Getratsche nt (inf); there’s too much gossiping and not enough work done in this officein diesem Büro wird zu viel geschwatzt und zu wenig gearbeitet

gossiping

[ˈgɒsɪpɪŋ]
1. adjpettegolo/a
2. npettegolezzi mpl
References in classic literature ?
Like most sensualists he enjoyed talk- ing of women, and for an hour he lingered about gossiping with Tom Willy.
All three give glimpses of the shops of grocers, block-makers, slop-sellers, and ship-chandlers, around the doors of which are generally to be seen, laughing and gossiping, clusters of old salts, and such other wharf-rats as haunt the Wapping of a seaport.
When the dance was at an end, Ichabod was attracted to a knot of the sager folks, who, with Old V an Tassel, sat smoking at one end of the piazza, gossiping over former times, and drawing out long stories about the war.
The moon was bright, and the light and shadow very strong; and nothing could be more picturesque than those curving streets, with their rows of huge high gables leaning far over toward each other in a friendly gossiping way, and the crowds below drifting through the alternating blots of gloom and mellow bars of moonlight.
Magdalen kept her gossiping over her purchases for an hour or more, and then wisely determined to distract her attention from all ghostly recollections in another way by taking her out for a walk.
The spy, who was there to pick up any crumbs he could find or make, did not allow his baffled state to express itself in his sinister face; but, stood with an air of gossiping gallantry, leaning his elbow on Madame Defarge's little counter, and occasionally sipping his cognac.
Presently the attention of every man was drawn from his dreaming or his gossiping to the northern bank of the river.
So here we are, installed in this beautiful old house, and from both my bedroom and the drawing room I can see the great elms of the cathedral close, with their great black stems standing out against the old yellow stone of the cathedral, and I can hear the rooks overhead cawing and cawing and chattering and chattering and gossiping all day, after the manner of rooks--and humans.
Queen Penelope," answered Eurymachus, "we do not suppose that this man will take you away with him; it is impossible; but we are afraid lest some of the baser sort, men or women among the Achaeans, should go gossiping about and say, 'These suitors are a feeble folk; they are paying court to the wife of a brave man whose bow not one of them was able to string, and yet a beggarly tramp who came to the house strung it at once and sent an arrow through the iron.
He begins with congratulations on the approaching nuptials of my eldest daughter, of which, it seems, he has been told by some of the good-natured, gossiping Lucases.
That, and the mystery concealed behind it, supplied a topic for discussion between acquaintances meeting in the street, and good women gossiping at their open windows.
There we lay quite an hour, a congress of pocket-handkerchiefs, making our comments on the company, and gossiping in our own fashion.