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Definitions of gossip

gossip (ˈɡɒsɪp



  1. casual and idle chat   ⇒  ■ to have a gossip with a friend
  2. a conversation involving malicious chatter or rumours about other people   ⇒  ■ a gossip about the neighbours
  3. Also called: : gossipmonger a person who habitually talks about others, esp maliciously
  4. light easy communication   ⇒  ■ to write a letter full of gossip
  5. (archaic) a close woman friend



-sips -siping or -siped
  1. (intransitive) often foll by about to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)

Derived Forms

ˈgossiper, or ˈgossipper  noun
ˈgossiping  noun, adjective
ˈgossipingly  adverb
ˈgossipy  adjective

Word Origin

Old English godsibb godparent, from god + sib; the term came to be applied to familiar friends, esp a woman's female friends at the birth of a child, hence a person, esp a woman, fond of light talk


View thesaurus entry
= idle talk, scandal, hearsay, tittle-tattle, buzz, dirt (US) (slang), goss (informal), jaw (slang), gen (British) (informal), small talk, chitchat, blether, scuttlebutt (US) (slang), chinwag (British) (informal), clishmaclaver (Scottish), newsmongering (old-fashioned)
= busybody, babbler, prattler, chatterbox (informal), quidnunc, blether, chatterer, scandalmonger, blatherskite, newsmonger (old-fashioned), gossipmonger, tattletale (mainly US) ( & Canadian)
= chat, chatter, blather, schmooze (slang), jaw (slang), dish the dirt (informal), blether, shoot the breeze (slang) (mainly US), chew the fat or rag (slang), prattle, prate

Quotations including 'gossip'

  • "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about" [Oscar Wilde
  • "Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those that diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker" [George Eliot

gossip1 (ˈɡɒsɪp


noun acronym for

  1. gadget-obsessed, status-symbol infatuated professional

Translations for 'gossip'

  • British English: gossip Gossip is informal conversation, often about other people's private affairs.There has been gossip about the reasons for his absence.ˈɡɒsɪp NOUN
  • Arabic: قِيلٌ و قَال
  • Brazilian Portuguese: fofoca
  • Chinese: 闲话
  • Croatian: trač
  • Czech: drbyřeči
  • Danish: sladder
  • Dutch: roddeltje
  • European Spanish: cotilleo
  • Finnish: juoru
  • French: ragot
  • German: Klatsch
  • Greek: κουτσομπολιό
  • Italian: pettegolezzo
  • Japanese: うわさ話
  • Korean: 가십
  • Norwegian: sladder
  • Polish: plotka
  • Portuguese: fofoca
  • Romanian: bârfă bârfe
  • Russian: сплетня
  • Spanish: chisme
  • Swedish: skvaller
  • Thai: การนินทา
  • Turkish: dedikodu
  • Ukrainian: плітки
  • Vietnamese: chuyện phiếm
  • British English: gossip If you gossip with someone, you talk informally with them, especially about other people or local events.They sat at the kitchen table gossiping.ˈɡɒsɪp VERB
  • Arabic: يَنْهَمِكُ في القِيلِ والقَال
  • Brazilian Portuguese: fofocar
  • Chinese: 说闲话
  • Croatian: tračati
  • Czech: klábosit poklábosit
  • Danish: sludre med
  • Dutch: roddelen
  • European Spanish: cotillear
  • Finnish: juoruta
  • French: cancaner
  • German: schwatzen
  • Greek: κουτσομπολεύω
  • Italian: spettegolare
  • Japanese: うわさ話をする
  • Korean: 수군거리다
  • Norwegian: sladre
  • Polish: oplotkować plotkować
  • Portuguese: fofocar
  • Romanian: a bârfi
  • Russian: сплетничать
  • Spanish: chismorrear
  • Swedish: skvallra
  • Thai: นินทา
  • Turkish: dedikodu yapmak
  • Ukrainian: пліткувати
  • Vietnamese: buôn chuyện

Example Sentences Including 'gossip'

According to the lovely Gloria, I'm a gold-digger who likes having her name linked in the gossip columns with Jett.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
Lady Bresinga, Lord Golden had learned through court gossip , was not in attendance at Buckkeep Castle for the betrothal ceremony.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
We're almost neighbours, so we can impart some of the local gossip to you.


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