gos·​sip | \ ˈgä-səp How to pronounce gossip (audio) \

Definition of gossip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a dialectal British : godparent
c : a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others the worst gossip in town
2a : rumor or report of an intimate nature spreading gossip about their divorce
b : a chatty talk
c : the subject matter of gossip Their breakup was common gossip.


gossiped; gossiping; gossips

Definition of gossip (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to relate gossip (see gossip entry 1 sense 2a)

Other Words from gossip


gossipry \ ˈgä-​sə-​prē How to pronounce gossip (audio) \ noun


gossiper noun

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Old English sibb, meaning “relative” or “kinsman,” came from the adjective sibb, “related by blood” (the ancestor of modern English sibling). Old English godsibb was a person spiritually related to another, specifically by being a sponsor at baptism. Today we call such a person a godparent. Over the centuries, godsibb changed both in form and in meaning. Middle English gossib came to be used for a close friend or crony as well as for a godparent. From there it was only a short step to the gossip of today, a person no longer necessarily friend, relative, or sponsor, but someone filled with irresistible tidbits of rumor.

Examples of gossip in a Sentence

Noun He had been spreading gossip about his coworkers. the latest news and gossip from the entertainment industry She writes a gossip column in the paper. I like having a good gossip now and then. Verb They spent the afternoon gossiping on the phone. They often gossip with each other about their neighbors. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to the gossip site, the couple strolled into a local chapel around 1:30 a.m. Monday, hours after appearing at the Grammy Awards (where Barker performed with H.E.R., Lenny Kravitz, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis). Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2022 The accusations were published Monday by the Shukan Josei PRIME entertainment news and gossip site. Mark Schilling, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 The gossip site reported Monday that Smith and Rock hadn’t spoken since the altercation and that Rock was stunned by the debacle and went straight to his dressing room. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 The gender of the baby and the exact date of the birth were not reported by the gossip media site. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 24 Feb. 2022 The daily gossip: February 18, 2022 Devil for the Democrats? Addison Del Mastro, The Week, 16 Feb. 2022 Soon, an article appeared on the gossip site Radar. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 The celebrity gossip site said the man was hoping to fly to New York City. Fox News, 1 Jan. 2022 In the clip, cast members including Jonathan Bailey, Adjoa Andoh, and Golda Rosheuvel are joined by newcomers Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran in sharing this piece of juicy gossip. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 25 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, gossip not only derails their career but can also destroy the foundations of a culture of trust. Loubna Noureddin, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 The badaud is predominantly male, but women are allowed to stop and stare and mingle and gossip as well. Julian Barnes, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 Product drops and gossip about its collaborators remained largely within the confines of the devoted YouTube and Reddit beauty communities. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 The heart of a city may beat loudest in its restaurants, the places where people gather to eat and drink, to gossip and celebrate. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 Feb. 2022 But '60s gossip aside, the song is about demanding independence and a sense of self. Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Mar. 2022 Bridget’s shop became a destination for local biddies, cooks, and seamstresses to gather and gossip—and sometimes tipple. Neal Thompson, Town & Country, 22 Feb. 2022 Endless entertainment might be found by listening to gossip today. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 7 Feb. 2022 Dear Clean Ears: There are lots of reasons people gossip: entertainment, insecurity, loneliness, pure boredom. cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gossip


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1627, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gossip

Noun and Verb

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

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“Gossip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gossip. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for gossip


gos·​sip | \ ˈgä-səp How to pronounce gossip (audio) \

Kids Definition of gossip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


gossiped; gossiping

Kids Definition of gossip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk about the personal lives of other people

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