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
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First Known Use of tattletale

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tattletale was in 1888

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“Tattletale.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tattletale. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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