tat·​tle·​tale | \ ˈta-tᵊl-ˌtāl How to pronounce tattletale (audio) \

Definition of tattletale

chiefly US, informal
: someone (such as a child) who tells secrets about what someone else has done : one who tattles : informer

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Examples of tattletale in a Sentence

don't be such a tattletale and tell me about every little thing your sister does
Recent Examples on the Web Kaila White, 29, also of Phoenix, was a good student and a tattletale while growing up. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, "Storytellers Project LIVE to share stories of growing up," 8 Apr. 2020 Was this really all in my head? *** Some families might demonize liars, or tattletales, or people who fall down on some other moral imperative. Alyson Pomerantz, Longreads, "Anaphylaxis of the Mind," 3 Sep. 2019 Baby Cardi B Fans reimagined this adorable throwback photo of Cardi B into a sassy little tattletale. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Caregivers tend to frown on these tattletales, especially if the offense is minor. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Lots of kids tattletale - but maybe that's a good thing, study says | Charlotte Observer," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tattletale

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Tattletale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tattletale. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tattletale

chiefly US, informal + disapproving : a child who tells a parent, teacher, etc., about something bad or wrong that another child has done : a child who tattles on another child


tat·​tle·​tale | \ ˈta-tᵊl-ˌtāl How to pronounce tattletale (audio) \

Kids Definition of tattletale

: a person who tells on someone

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