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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.


 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


A. ADJcotilla, chismoso
B. Ncotilleo m, chismorreo m


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


1. adjpettegolo/a
2. npettegolezzi mpl
References in classic literature ?
Well, all the beach is gossiping about it; and Tudor persisted in repeating the gossip to me.
I must e'en go upon my way, because I have more important business than to stand here gossiping with you.
I am afraid there has been gossiping of some kind at the George.
As they passed the rows of houses they saw through the open doors that men were sweeping and dusting and washing dishes, while the women sat around in groups, gossiping and laughing.
This place then is no other than the chandler's shop, the known seat of all the news; or, as it is vulgarly called, gossiping, in every parish in England.
While gossiping is a natural human behavior, "Did You Hear?
Your Code of Conduct could spell out clearly that malicious gossiping against a co-employee is unacceptable behavior as it causes discord, besmirches one's reputation and is, therefore, subject to disciplinary action.
Gossip thus emerges in the text as a truly democratic narrative form: men and women, rich and poor, white and black, are all equally "guilty" of gossiping, it is a practice available to and used by all, regardless of gender, race, or social class, to re-inscribe their stories and perspectives and, in the process, to seek to efface those of others.
Even the well-known TV channels and traditional newspapers are slowly entering the fray, somewhat in disguise, of course, reflecting both the influence and popularity of gossiping.
Also, by gossiping about mutually interesting topics, such as dislike of a third person, ISs build friendships and a social network (Wert & Salovey, 2004).
Often graduates are told to network, but people end up networking by gossiping with co-workers or even higher-ups.
The study, which asked 121 of the university's undergraduates to analyse their motives for gossiping, found that although some wanted to manipulate others, entertain themselves or find out information about a mutual acquaintance, others chose to gossip to protect the group from harmful behaviour among some members.