tattling


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tat·tle

 (tăt′l)
v. tat·tled, tat·tling, tat·tles
v.intr.
1. To reveal the plans or activities of another, especially ones that are secret or improper: tattled on his sister when she snuck out; tattled to his parents about what his sister did.
2. To chatter; prate.
v.tr.
To reveal (something about someone) to another, as through gossiping.
n.
1. Idle talk; chatter; prattle.
2. A tattletale.

[Middle English tatelen, to stammer, probably from Middle Dutch, of imitative origin.]

tat′tling·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tattling - prone to communicate confidential informationtattling - prone to communicate confidential information
communicatory, communicative - able or tending to communicate; "was a communicative person and quickly told all she knew"- W.M.Thackeray
References in classic literature ?
Well, they can eat beef and bread and butter, if they are hungry, only it's mortifying to have to spend your whole morning for nothing," thought Jo, as she rang the bell half an hour later than usual, and stood, hot, tired, and dispirited, surveying the feast spread before Laurie, accustomed to all sorts of elegance, and Miss Crocker, whose tattling tongue would report them far and wide.
After tattling pleasantly of the prospects of the shooting season, of the fashions from Paris, of an accident to a tourist, and of a scandal in the Scottish Kirk, the writer proceeded to the narrative of a case of interest, relating to a marriage in the sphere known (in the language of footmen) as the sphere of "high life.
The former was the widow of a substantial farmer, a narrow-minded, tattling old gossip, whose character is not worth describing.
Why is that tattling old harridan, Peggy O'Dowd, to make free with my name at her d--d supper-table, and advertise my engagement over the three kingdoms?
She asked me if ever I had found her tattling to me of other people's affairs, and how could I suspect her?
If someone is saying or doing something mean, then you need to know this: Tattling is telling to get back at someone.
Why are children often sent away or shamed for tattling (Brewster & Railsback, 2001; Cohn & Canter, 2006; Skiba & Fontanini, 2000)?