gossipry


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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.

gossipry

(ˈɡɒsɪprɪ)
n
idle talk
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gossipry

noun
Idle, often sensational and groundless talk about others:
Slang: scuttlebutt.
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The Express' chief columnist Ross Benson -- renowned Royal watcher and social sleuth -- will be on hand to talk about the fine British tradition of gossipry.