talebearer

noun tale·bear·er \ ˈtāl-ˌber-ər \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of talebearer

: one that spreads gossip or rumors; also : tattletale

talebearing

play \ˈtāl-ˌber-iŋ\ adjective or noun

Examples of talebearer in a Sentence

  1. statehouse talebearers had long spread stories about the governor's extramarital affairs

  2. the teacher told him not to be such a talebearer, as she was quite capable of detecting student misbehavior on her own

First Known Use of talebearer

15th century

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