tattletale


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tat·tle·tale

 (tăt′l-tāl′)
n.
One who tattles on others; an informer or talebearer.
adj.
Revealing; telltale.

tattletale

(ˈtætəlˌteɪl)
n
1. a scandalmonger or gossip
2. another word for telltale1

tat•tle•tale

(ˈtæt lˌteɪl)

n.
1. a talebearer or informer, esp. among children.
adj.
2. telltale; revealing: tattletale crumbs.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tattletale - someone who gossips indiscreetlytattletale - someone who gossips indiscreetly  
gossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger, gossip - a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

tattletale

noun
1. A person habitually engaged in idle talk about others:
Slang: yenta.
2. One who gives incriminating information about others:
Informal: rat, tipster.
Translations

tattletale

[ˈtætlteɪl] N (US) (= person) → soplón/ona m/f, acusica mf (Sp) ; (= talk) → cotilleo m, chismes mpl y cuentos mpl
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Many said that they didn't want to seem like a tattletale or that it wasn't their business if someone else was cheating.
Obviously, the tattletale spoke the undeniable and inconvenient truth.
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He also happens to be a tattletale so not many people like him.
Reluctant to be a tattletale, Joe tries to avoid Martin and his gang.
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On top of that, an opposition representative who clearly has no idea of free speech was like a tattletale child in school when he pointed his finger at Kurdish AKP deputy Orhan Miroy-lu on a TV show the other night, saying Miroy-lu had expressed the same view earlier.
Like the tattletale in Moses' story, John informed Jesus that someone who "does not follow us" was driving out demons.
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Bill Mooney, "The Tattletale Grays," Sports Illustrated, October 14,1974, E6.
Children learn that no one loves a tattletale, and whistleblowers can be seen as the tattletales of the business world, so there is a very real threat of retaliation against those individuals who point out wrongdoing.