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gossip

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noun gos·sip \ˈgä-səp\

Simple Definition of gossip

  • : information about the behavior and personal lives of other people

  • : information about the lives of famous people

  • : a person who often talks about the private details of other people's lives

Full Definition of gossip

  1. 1 a dial British :  godparent b :  companion, crony c :  a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others

  2. 2 a :  rumor or report of an intimate nature b :  a chatty talk c :  the subject matter of gossip

gos·sip·ry play \-sə-prē\ noun

Examples of gossip

  1. He had been spreading gossip about his coworkers.

  2. the latest news and gossip from the entertainment industry

  3. She writes a gossip column in the paper.

  4. I like having a good gossip now and then.



Origin of gossip

Middle English gossib, from Old English godsibb, from god god + sibb kinsman, from sibb related — more at sib


First Known Use: before 12th century


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gossip

verb gos·sip

Simple Definition of gossip

  • : to talk about the personal lives of other people

Full Definition of gossip

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to relate gossip

gos·sip·er noun

Examples of gossip

  1. They spent the afternoon gossiping on the phone.

  2. They often gossip with each other about their neighbors.



1627

First Known Use of gossip

1627


GOSSIP Defined for Kids

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gossip

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noun gos·sip \ˈgä-səp\

Definition of gossip

  1. 1 :  a person who repeats stories about other people

  2. 2 :  talk or rumors involving the personal lives of other people



History for gossip

At first the word gossip, from Old English godsibb, meant “godparent.” Later it came to mean “close friend” as well. Close friends, of course, share secrets. Gossip has come to mean anyone, friend or not, who shares the secrets of others.


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gossip

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verb gos·sip

Definition of gossip

gos·sipedgos·sip·ing

  1. :  to talk about the personal lives of other people





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