tat·​tler | \ˈtat-lər, ˈta-tᵊl-ər\

Definition of tattler 

2 : any of various slender long-legged shorebirds (such as the willet, yellowlegs, and redshank) of the sandpiper family with a loud and frequent call

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as the office's resident tattler, she can be counted on to report any unauthorized use of the photocopiers

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There are social repercussions for kids who develop a reputation as tattlers: they get left out. K. Lori Hanson Ph.d., miamiherald, "Intention is what distinguishes a ‘teller’ from a ‘tattler’ | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Dwight and Eugene remain at an ideological impasse, but Eugene is too busy waffling between his morality and his desire to stay alive to actually pick a side—and for reasons unknown, Dwight hasn’t found a way to simply ax the potential tattler. Laura Bradley, HWD, "A Walking Dead Plea: Eugene Should Either Pick a Side or Die Already," 3 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tattler

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tattler was in 1550

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