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)

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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 The young couple were afraid that if their relationship became known among the state’s small wrestling community, the gossip and derision that would inevitably follow would hurt Phogat’s career. The Economist, "In the ring with India’s most powerful woman," 25 Oct. 2019 Take a break from negative news and gossip in the week ahead and focus on tranquil subjects. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 13, 2019: Taurus, be a shoulder to cry on; Pisces, treat your body like a temple," 13 Oct. 2019 State and local leaders, unable to track projects any other way, are relying on self-reporting, gossip and local news. Sophie Quinton, chicagotribune.com, "Luxury apartments get the tax breaks meant to boost low-income areas," 2 Oct. 2019 There is office gossip and a dozen small annoyances: the copy machine is balking again. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Far away and under the redwoods, but haunted by the sights in San Francisco," 24 Aug. 2019 All the celebrity news: All of the celebrity news, gossip and right to your inbox. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Kelly Ripa's daughter Lola didn't seek parents' approval for alterations to prom dress," 13 Aug. 2019 At Cutz Lounge the Grooming Shop in Detroit, the owner, Dante Williams, 41, has sectioned off a corner of his 4,000-square-foot business with couches, where adults stop by and gossip or share news. Christine Hauser, BostonGlobe.com, "Barbershops, laundromats helping to turn kids on to the joy of reading," 2 July 2019 Green’s Drug Store was where Bedford Boys had hung out as high schoolers and their wives and girlfriends exchanged gossip and news during the war. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Virginia town remembers the high price paid on D-Day," 20 May 2019 James McAvoy came on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to promote his new movie It Chapter Two … and to gossip, of course. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "James McAvoy says Jennifer Lawrence was born with teeth, plus more fun facts about his costars," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Russell, who lives in Driver’s neighborhood, was gossiping on the sofa about snotty Brooklyn preschools. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Adam Driver, the Original Man," 21 Oct. 2019 Sarah: Oh man great premise, and one near and dear to the hearts of teachers everywhere who are constantly trying to split up friends gossiping and passing notes and generally distracting the rest of the class. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Should friends sit together at work?," 19 Sep. 2019 Farmers gossiped over breakfast at the Daisy Gardens restaurant. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Dying Gasp of One Local Newspaper," 1 Aug. 2019 Our server at Oga’s gossiped about local happenings. BostonGlobe.com, "I recently had an early look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando. Here are five interstellar takeaways.," 13 Sep. 2019 Inevitably, the friends end up sitting on someone’s deck, sipping and gossiping late into the evening. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "The USDA relocation to Kansas City is ripping apart the lives of its employees. Here are some of their stories.," 7 Sep. 2019 In the July 30 episode, dance teacher Abby Lee Miller finally got fed up with Michelle’s constant gossiping about the ALDC’s rival, and Sarah’s former company, Studio 19. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'Dance Moms' Sarah Georgiana Has Become the Center of Recent Drama," 6 Aug. 2019 For some who were physically incapable of doing much more, gossiping back and forth like barnyard hens was understandable. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: How many summers do you have with your children? Is it ever enough?," 15 Sep. 2019 Emotionally’ with Miley Cyrus Before Brody Jenner Split Things didn’t get better once the crew came together in Santa Barbara, with Wahler continuing to gossip behind their backs. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Kaitlynn Carter & Brody Jenner Explain Why They Never Legally Wed, Clarify Open Marriage Rumors," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of gossip was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gossip.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gossiped. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for gossip

gossip

noun
How to pronounce gossip (audio)

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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