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

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 Deciding to become a whistleblower requires some hefty thinking, trying to balance a personal sense of ethical codes versus the potential for being known as an informer or tattletale. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The odds are that once self-driving cars become prevalent, the general public will wise up that self-driving cars have this intrinsic capability of being a tattletale. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 June 2021 The boy was branded as a tattletale for reporting what had happened to him and became the target of fierce bullying at school. Emma Brown, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021 Kaila White, 29, also of Phoenix, was a good student and a tattletale while growing up. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, 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, 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, 17 Dec. 2018 Caregivers tend to frown on these tattletales, especially if the offense is minor. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, 6 Apr. 2018 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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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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