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v. tat·tled, tat·tling, tat·tles
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.
To reveal (something about someone) to another, as through gossiping.
1. Idle talk; chatter; prattle.
2. A tattletale.
[Middle English tatelen, to stammer, probably from Middle Dutch, of imitative origin.]
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
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]
v. -tled, -tling,
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]
Past participle: tattled
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|Noun||1.||tattle - disclosing information or giving evidence about another|
|Verb||1.||tattle - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly|
blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, gabble, gibber, blab, clack, maunder, chatter
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
|2.||tattle - 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"
1. gossip, talk idly I make it a rule not to tattle.
1. To engage in or spread gossip:
1. Idle, often sensational and groundless talk about others: