tale·​bear·​er ˈtāl-ˌber-ər How to pronounce talebearer (audio)
: one that spreads gossip or rumors
also : tattletale
talebearing adjective or noun

Examples of talebearer in a Sentence

statehouse talebearers had long spread stories about the governor's extramarital affairs the teacher told him not to be such a talebearer, as she was quite capable of detecting student misbehavior on her own

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of talebearer was in the 15th century

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“Talebearer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talebearer. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


tale·​bear·​er -ˌbar-ər How to pronounce talebearer (audio)
: a person who spreads gossip, scandal, or rumors
talebearing adjective or noun
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