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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.


idle talk
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Idle, often sensational and groundless talk about others:
Slang: scuttlebutt.
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The "Declaration of Intent by Jurisprudence to Curb Gossipry" told offenders they had been reported for "fearful unwarranted malicious blathering" and if they failed to "button it" they faced time in the Scold's Bridle.
'Remember', she wrote to Harriet Carr, 'every little, leetle, particular about yourself, and your concerns, and gossipry, and scandal, are most welcome to me [...] down to the uninteresting in general basons of tapioca you have at lunch.' Chapple does not quite get to the tapioca, but he comes pretty close.