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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.
For one, when it came to evaluative gossiping, or positive/flattering and negative/malicious gossip, they found no evidence of a gender difference.
ACCORDING to a recent Wall Street Journal article, some communities in the Philippines consider gossiping so odious that they've outright banned it.
Barangays in Baguio ban gossiping, drying undies !-- -- Artemio Dumlao (The Philippine Star) - February 6, 2019 - 12:00am BAGUIO CITY, Philippines A heavily populated village here wants to impose a ban on "idle gossip" or "tsismis" while another densely populated barangay crafted a ban on conspicuously hanging underwear out to dry.
Its aim is to understand what people think about gossiping by assessing their reactions to what they perceived as being asked to gossip.
While gossiping has been labelled as a bad habit and is morally questionable, are all kinds of gossip actually harmful in a society?
By MWIKALI MUTHIANIQ My desk mate is fond of gossiping, worse, she does it loudly, and in public, even in a lift full of people.
While gossiping is a natural human behavior, "Did You Hear?" also describes what hurtful gossip feels like, how can be like bullying, and what to do to stop it.