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 Adults can do a lot to minimize the impact of school gossip and try to calm kid fears about the coronavirus — or any news that feels scary, for that matter. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus," 7 Mar. 2020 According to entertainment gossip site Soap Dirt, the Plaths don't actually live at the farm full-time. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Is TLC's 'Welcome to Plathville' Fake? People Seem to Think So," 7 Dec. 2019 Amanda told gossip site the Dirty that Pons had been swiping Cerny's phone to delete the most popular posts. cleveland, "Internet sensation Lele Pons discusses tiptoeing on social media’s tightrope," 12 Oct. 2019 Amanda told gossip site the Dirty that Pons had been swiping Cerny’s phone to delete the most popular posts. Sarah Ellison, Washington Post, "Lele Pons made millions on YouTube by turning herself into a perfectly generic social media star," 3 Oct. 2019 Like any good conspiracy, this one starts with a gossip site. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "The NFL-Amazon Relationship Keeps Getting Stronger," 27 Sep. 2019 Gui, 55, was part-owner of Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay Books, known for selling politically sensitive publications and gossip about top Communist Party leaders, including general secretary Xi Jinping. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "China sentences Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison," 25 Feb. 2020 Produced by and featuring Nicopop, the short-and-sweet new track sees Arora singing about his love of gossip, getting together with his friends and spilling a whole pot of tea together. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Vardaan Arora & Nicopop Are Ready for a Messy Valentine's Day Full of 'Drama': Listen," 13 Feb. 2020 Some dreamy Bucheron during the drinking-and-immediate-gossip hour will distract from my howling in the kitchen. Maggie Lange, Bon Appétit, "How to Throw a Weeknight Dinner Party Without, Quite Simply, Perishing," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though cheating at poker is as old as poker, the Stones scandal has captivated a community with ample time to sit around tables gossiping. Washington Post, "When a poker commentator suspected a player of cheating, she called this lawyer," 28 Jan. 2020 Plus, gossiping about and armchair-critiquing others while lounging in comfort in someone else’s vacation home is bad form. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Political differences puzzle and muzzle friend," 25 Jan. 2020 Plus, gossiping about and armchair-critiquing others while lounging in comfort in someone else's vacation home is bad form. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Host stays silent as invited guests trash relatives," 25 Jan. 2020 After kicking Romania’s representative out of his table and sitting down with their lunch trays, the trio gossiped about Trump before Alec Baldwin arrived, playing the US president. BostonGlobe.com, "After kicking Romania’s representative out of his table and sitting down with their lunch trays, the trio gossiped about Trump before Alec Baldwin arrived, playing the US president.," 8 Dec. 2019 Pretty much everything is delicious and the loud, cramped room means our gesticulating — the inevitable result of gossiping about 9-year olds — never feels out of place. New York Times, "Where Should You Eat in New York? Go to These Favorite Spots," 26 Sep. 2019 Going to trial Susan Atkins, who had been charged in the murder of Gary Hinman, gossiped about the other murders to a fellow inmate, and Charles Manson and his followers were indicted in December 1969. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Charles Manson: The Chilling True Story of the Manson Family and the 1969 Manson Murders," 10 Aug. 2019 If Ovid had gossiped about certain political factions, his indiscretions (combined with the salaciousness of his earlier erotic poetry) could have been enough to seal his fate. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 So, let’s talk: People have been gossiping about Biden’s hair for three decades, with much discussion of hair plugs and enhancements for the follicly challenged. Washington Post, "Can we talk about the senior citizens running for president and how they try to look younger?," 6 Nov. 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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22 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gossip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gossip. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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