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1gossip

noun gos·sip \ˈgä-səp\

: 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
a dial British :  godparent
b :  companion, crony
c :  a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others
2
a :  rumor or report of an intimate nature
b :  a chatty talk
c :  the subject matter of gossip
gos·sip·ry \-sə-prē\ noun
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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

2gossip

verb

: to talk about the personal lives of other people

Full Definition of GOSSIP

intransitive verb
:  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.

First Known Use of GOSSIP

1627
GOSSIP Defined for Kids

1gossip

noun gos·sip \ˈgä-səp\

Definition of GOSSIP for Kids

1
:  a person who repeats stories about other people
2
:  talk or rumors involving the personal lives of other people

Word History of 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.

2gossip

verb
gos·sipedgos·sip·ing

Definition of GOSSIP for Kids

:  to talk about the personal lives of other people

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