Definition of Gossip

1. Noun. Light informal conversation for social occasions.

2. Verb. Wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies. "Sam wants to gossip with Sue "; "She won't dish the dirt"
Exact synonyms: Dish The Dirt
Generic synonyms: Speak, Talk
Specialized synonyms: Bruit, Rumor, Rumour
Derivative terms: Gossiper, Gossiping

3. Noun. A report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people. "The divorce caused much gossip"

4. Verb. Talk socially without exchanging too much information. "Sam cannot gossip Sue "; "The men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"

5. Noun. A person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others.

Definition of Gossip

1. n. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother.

2. v. t. To stand sponsor to.

3. v. i. To make merry.

Definition of Gossip

1. Noun. Someone who likes to talk about someone else’s private or personal business. ¹

2. Noun. Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present. ¹

3. Noun. A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities. ¹

4. Verb. To talk about someone else's private or personal business, especially in a way that spreads the information. ¹

5. Verb. To talk idly. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Gossip

1. to talk idly about the affairs of others [v -SIPED, -SIPING, -SIPS or -SIPPED, -SIPPING, -SIPS]

Medical Definition of Gossip

1. 1. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother. "Should a great lady that was invited to be a gossip, in her place send her kitchen maid, 't would be ill taken." (Selden) 2. A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary acquaintance. "My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal." (Shak) 3. One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler. "The common chat of gossips when they meet." (Dryden) 4. The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor. "Bubbles o'er like a city with gossip, scandal, and spite." (Tennyson) Origin: OE. Gossib, godsib, a relation or sponsor in baptism, a relation by a religious obligation, AS. Godsibb, fr. God + sib alliance, relation; akin to G. Sippe, Goth. Sibja, and also to Skr. Sabha assembly. To stand sponsor to. 1. To make merry. 2. To prate; to chat; to talk much. 3. To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales. Origin: Gossiped; Gossiping. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gossip

gossip (current term)
gossip columnist

Literary usage of Gossip

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The United States Magazine and Democratic Review (1847)
"gossip OP THE MONTH. To chronicle all the gossip of the pay and gorgeous month of October, which has just Sawn ever our heads with its dappled foliage of ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1901)
"Auo- SLIENCE —Library Table; Atlases and Maps; Societies; Meeting! -Neil Week ; gossip. FTSE AKTS;—Chippendale Furniture; ..."

3. Studies in History, Economics, and Public Law by Lawrence Henry Chamberlain (1912)
"gossip. gossip is another regulative force in Aton. As in all villages, " everybody knows his neighbors' business better than his own. ..."

4. Old English Popular Music by William Chappell, Harry Ellis Wooldridge (1893)
"I've lost a Harry groat gossip Joan. Was left me by my granny ; I cannot find it out, I've search'd in ev'ry cranny, I've lost my wedding ring, ..."

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