- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɒ.sɪp/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑ.sɪp/
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- Someone who likes to talk about other people's private or personal business.
- Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present.
- 1907, Robert William 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. […]"
- A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.
- 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.
- (obsolete) A sponsor; a godfather or godmother.
- (obsolete) A familiar acquaintance; 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; to chatter or prattle.
- (obsolete) To stand godfather to.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (talk about someone else's private or personal business): blab, talk out of turn, tell tales out of school
to talk about someone else's private or personal business
to talk idly
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- “Gossip” in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, 2004, →ISBN.