See also: Gossip
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɒs.ɪp/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑs.ɪp/
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- Hyphenation: gos‧sip
- (countable) Someone who likes to talk about other people's private or personal business.
- Synonyms: busybody, gossipmonger, meddler, rumormonger; see also Thesaurus:gossiper
- Be careful what you say to him: he’s a bit of a gossip.
- 1752, Arthur Murphy, The Gray’s Inn Journal, volume 1, No. 11:
- A losing Gamester, who is obliged to drive into the City to dispose of a little South Sea Stock, gives the Hint there. The Gossips at Garraway’s have it in a Moment: At One it is buzz’d on Change, and the circulating Whisper in the Boxes interrupts the Play at Night.
- (uncountable) Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present.
- Synonyms: dirt, hearsay, rumor, scandal, scuttlebutt; see also Thesaurus:rumor
- According to the latest gossip, their relationship is on the rocks.
- I have a juicy piece of gossip to share with you.
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- I ought to arise and go forth with timbrels and with dances; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels? There has been a little—just a very little bit too much festivity so far …. Not that I don’t adore dinners and gossip and dances; not that I do not love to pervade bright and glittering places. […]
- (uncountable) Idle conversation in general.
- (uncountable) A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.
- a gossip columnist
- a gossip blog
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
- Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
- (now only historical) A sponsor; a godfather or godmother; the godparent of a child.
- 1908, Patrick Weston Joyce, A Smaller Social History of Ancient Ireland: Treating of the Government, Military System, and Law; Religion, Learning, and Art; Trades, Industries, and Commerce; Manners, Customs, and Domestic Life, of the Ancient Irish People, page 287:
- When a man stood sponsor for a child at baptism, he became the child's godfather, and gossip to the parents.
- 2010, Susan E. Phillips, Transforming Talk: The Problem with Gossip in Late Medieval England, Penn State Press (→ISBN), page 154:
- Gossips accepted responsibility for the child's spiritual and physical well-being, […]
- (obsolete) A familiar acquaintance.
- Synonym: friend
- (obsolete) Title used with the name of one's child's godparent or of a friend.
- (intransitive) To talk about someone else's private or personal business, especially in a manner that spreads the information.
- (intransitive) To talk idly.
- (obsolete) To stand godfather to; to provide godparents for.
- 1709, Richard Steele, “No. 95 in The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff”, in The Tatler, London, 1712:
- The Pleasure I used to take in telling my Boy Stories of the Battles, and asking my Girl Questions about the Disposal of her Baby, and the Gossiping of it, is turned into inward Reflection and Melancholy.
- (obsolete) To enjoy oneself during festivities, to make merry.
to talk about someone else's private or personal business
to talk idly
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- Michael Quinion (2004), “Gossip”, in Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, →ISBN.
gossip m (invariable)