tattletale

noun
tat·tle·tale | \ˈta-tᵊl-ˌtāl \

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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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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The first known use of tattletale was in 1888

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tattletale

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tattletale

: 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

tattletale

noun
tat·tle·tale | \ˈta-tᵊl-ˌtāl \

Kids Definition of tattletale

: a person who tells on someone

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