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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.

tattle

(ˈtætəl)
vb
1. (intr) to gossip about another's personal matters or secrets
2. (tr) to reveal by gossiping: to tattle a person's secrets.
3. (intr) to talk idly; chat
n
4. the act or an instance of tattling
5. a scandalmonger or gossip
[C15 (in the sense: to stammer, hesitate): from Middle Dutch tatelen to prate, of imitative origin]

tat•tle

(ˈtæt l)

v. -tled, -tling,
n. v.i.
1. to tell something secret or private about another, often out of spite.
2. to chatter, prate, or gossip.
v.t.
3. to utter idly; disclose by gossiping.
4. tattle on, to betray by tattling.
n.
5. the act of tattling.
6. idle talk; chatter; gossip.
[1475–85; < dial. Dutch tatelen, akin to Middle Low German tateren]
tat′tling•ly, adv.

tattle


Past participle: tattled
Gerund: tattling

Imperative
tattle
tattle
Present
I tattle
you tattle
he/she/it tattles
we tattle
you tattle
they tattle
Preterite
I tattled
you tattled
he/she/it tattled
we tattled
you tattled
they tattled
Present Continuous
I am tattling
you are tattling
he/she/it is tattling
we are tattling
you are tattling
they are tattling
Present Perfect
I have tattled
you have tattled
he/she/it has tattled
we have tattled
you have tattled
they have tattled
Past Continuous
I was tattling
you were tattling
he/she/it was tattling
we were tattling
you were tattling
they were tattling
Past Perfect
I had tattled
you had tattled
he/she/it had tattled
we had tattled
you had tattled
they had tattled
Future
I will tattle
you will tattle
he/she/it will tattle
we will tattle
you will tattle
they will tattle
Future Perfect
I will have tattled
you will have tattled
he/she/it will have tattled
we will have tattled
you will have tattled
they will have tattled
Future Continuous
I will be tattling
you will be tattling
he/she/it will be tattling
we will be tattling
you will be tattling
they will be tattling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tattling
you have been tattling
he/she/it has been tattling
we have been tattling
you have been tattling
they have been tattling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tattling
you will have been tattling
he/she/it will have been tattling
we will have been tattling
you will have been tattling
they will have been tattling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tattling
you had been tattling
he/she/it had been tattling
we had been tattling
you had been tattling
they had been tattling
Conditional
I would tattle
you would tattle
he/she/it would tattle
we would tattle
you would tattle
they would tattle
Past Conditional
I would have tattled
you would have tattled
he/she/it would have tattled
we would have tattled
you would have tattled
they would have tattled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tattle - disclosing information or giving evidence about another
disclosure, revealing, revelation - the speech act of making something evident
Verb1.tattle - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantlytattle - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
blather, blether, blither, smatter, babble - to talk foolishly; "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
2.tattle - divulge confidential information or secretstattle - divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks"
disclose, let on, divulge, expose, give away, let out, reveal, unwrap, discover, bring out, break - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
talk, spill - reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"

tattle

verb
1. gossip, talk idly I make it a rule not to tattle.
2. tell tales, report, inform, squeal (informal), spill the beans He encourages people to tattle on one another.
noun
1. gossip, hearsay, tittle-tattle, idle talk This was not just idle newspaper tattle.

tattle

verb
1. To engage in or spread gossip:
2. To give incriminating information about others, especially to the authorities:
inform, talk, tip (off).
Informal: fink.
Slang: rat, sing, snitch, squeal, stool.
noun
1. Idle, often sensational and groundless talk about others:
Slang: scuttlebutt.
2. A person habitually engaged in idle talk about others:
Slang: yenta.
Translations

tattle

[ˈtætl]
A. N (= chat) → charla f; (= gossip) → chismes mpl, habladurías fpl
B. VI (= chat) → charlar, parlotear; (= gossip) → chismear, contar chismes

tattle

vitratschen (inf), → klatschen
nGeschwätz nt, → Gerede nt; office tattleBüroklatsch mor -tratsch m (inf)

tattle

[ˈtætl]
1. vispettegolare
2. nchiacchiere fpl, pettegolezzi mpl
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I didnt like it when my little sister tattled on me (though that time she found cigarettes in my room I totally deserved it), but thats part of being a kid.
They were killed when the ship exploded and sank in Tripoli Harbor in 1904 as America tattled the Barbary pirates.
After all, no one takes a gossipy gal seriously--and if she's tattled too much, who even wants to dish with her?