tat·​tler | \ ˈtat-lər How to pronounce tattler (audio) , 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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Examples of tattler in a Sentence

as the office's resident tattler, she can be counted on to report any unauthorized use of the photocopiers
Recent Examples on the Web Mortimer Zuckerman, the owner, hired him to replace a British editor who had turned it from a brash, tough-guy paper into a tattler of celebrity gossip and supermarket tabloid stunts. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Pete Hamill, quintessential New York journalist," 5 Aug. 2020 Being a tattler or someone who is too focused on the drama rarely works out, largely because those dudes are more focused on screen time than the lead. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "Bask In The Glory Of The Bachelorette's Speech To The Baby Men Vying For Her Heart," 20 June 2019 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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“Tattler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tattler. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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