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tattle

verb tat·tle \ ˈta-tᵊl \

Definition of tattle

tattled; tattling play \ˈtat-liŋ, ˈta-tᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 chiefly US :to tell secrets about what someone else has done :blab
transitive verb
:to utter or disclose in gossip or chatter

Examples of tattle in a Sentence

  1. those neighborhood busybodies, constantly tattling and whispering over their backyard fences

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Origin and Etymology of tattle

Middle Dutch tatelen; akin to Middle English tateren to tattle

tattle Synonyms

Synonyms
blab, dish, talk, gossip, wag
Related Words
bandy (about), circulate, noise (about or abroad), rumor; blabber, disclose, divulge, reveal, tell; hint, imply, insinuate, intimate, let on, suggest; inform, report, snitch, squeal, tip (off); babble, spill; confide
Near Antonyms
clam up, shut up

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tattle

noun

Definition of tattle

1 :idle talk :chatter
2 :gossip

Examples of tattle in a Sentence

  1. she claims to have picked up some juicy tattle about the candidate

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First Known Use of tattle

circa 1529


TATTLE Defined for English Language Learners

tattle

verb

Definition of tattle for English Language Learners

  • : to tell a parent, teacher, etc., about something bad or wrong that another child has done


TATTLE Defined for Kids

tattle

verb tat·tle \ ˈta-tᵊl \

Definition of tattle for Students

tattled; tattling
:to tell on someone

tattler

\ˈtat-lər\ noun


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