gossip

noun
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.

gossip

verb
gossiped; gossiping; gossips

Definition of gossip (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from gossip

Noun

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

Verb

gossiper noun

Did You Know?

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But don’t complain later when people are taking pictures of you or ratting you out to the gossip columns. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "What to Do When You Find Yourself at Dinner With a Social Pariah," 15 May 2019 The feud was brought up again thanks to everyone's favorite pit of celebrity gossip, AKA Coachella. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice's Alleged Feud And Where It All Began," 16 Apr. 2019 Amidst engagement rumors and baby gossip, Gwen Stefani is setting the record straight about her relationship with Blake Shelton. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Blake Shelton's Girlfriend Gwen Stefani Responds to Engagement Rumors," 18 Dec. 2018 Nwandu hates when the Shade Room is called a gossip site. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 Some gossip sites speculated wildly about the reasons for her pregnancy and her child's paternity. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Jamie Lynn Spears Claims the Real Reason Zoey 101 Ended Wasn't Pregnancy," 10 Jan. 2019 Breakup rumors gained traction late this morning after gossip sites started reporting on the split. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diddy and Cassie Have Reportedly Broken Up and We're Not Okay," 17 Oct. 2018 According to the gossip site, Miller’s friends were at the home the night before his death. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Mac Miller was dead hours before body was found: report," 13 Sep. 2018 The existence of Haus Beauty was first discovered by the celebrity gossip site Blast, via a trademark filing. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Lady Gaga is quietly working on a new beauty startup — and it already has Silicon Valley’s blessing and funding," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kids, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins joyfully taking group selfies in distant locales, gossiping on the beach, or gathering for a boisterous group dinner. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "The martyr. The mooch. The whiner. On family vacations, everyone has a role to play," 7 June 2019 People gossiped, and many thought Karl and I were, or had been, lovers. André Leon Talley, Vogue, "André Leon Talley Remembers Karl Lagerfeld," 19 Feb. 2019 Katie watched the Celtics more closely so she and Mike could gossip about the players and the trades. Kari Bornhorst Mchugh, BostonGlobe.com, "Why I’ll never forget my son’s nurses," 6 Feb. 2018 There is a small crowd of men gossiping and sipping coffee. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the Tesla production line is so far behind schedule because workers spend their time day-trading the stock and gossiping about the latest price moves, in which case going private would solve the problem. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Elon Musk’s Flawed Plan for Tesla Shareholders," 9 Aug. 2018 The evening ended with cocktails to celebrate the insightful day as people gossiped about the highlights and their favorite moments. Katie Knoll, Vogue, "A Force for Change: Vogue’s Forces of Fashion," 15 Oct. 2018 Greasing your scalp on the porch, pressing your bangs before church, gossiping in the salon while hot combs smoked the air—this was rich cultural stuff, a bonding experience. Tia Williams, Glamour, "Dear Black Moms, It's on Us to Dismantle What 'Good Hair' Means for Our Daughters," 24 Sep. 2018 Scholars and actors comment on the plays’ love affairs and moral quandaries the way pop-culture pundits on the E! network might gossip about Justin Bieber. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "The Play’s the Thing in a New Season of ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’," 24 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gossip.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of gossip

Noun

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

Verb

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gossip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

gossip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gossip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk about the personal lives of other people

gossip

noun
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

gossip

verb
gossiped; gossiping

Kids Definition of gossip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk about the personal lives of other people

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