gossipped

gossip

[gos-uhp]
noun
1.
idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars.
2.
light, familiar talk or writing.
3.
Also, gossiper, gossipper. a person given to tattling or idle talk.
4.
Chiefly British Dialect. a godparent.
5.
Archaic. a friend, especially a woman.
verb (used without object), gossiped or gossipped, gossiping or gossipping.
6.
to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling.
verb (used with object), gossiped or gossipped, gossiping or gossipping.
7.
Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
8.
Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English gossib, godsib(be), Old English godsibb, orig. godparent, equivalent to god God + sibb related; see sib

gossipingly, adverb
intergossip, verb, intergossiped or intergossipped, intergossiping.
ungossiping, adjective


1. small talk, hearsay, palaver, chitchat. Gossip, scandal apply to idle talk and newsmongering about the affairs of others. Gossip is light chat or talk: to trade gossip about the neighbors. Scandal is rumor or general talk that is damaging to reputation; it is usually more or less malicious: The town never lived down the election scandal. 3. chatterer, talker, gabbler, rumormonger. 6. chatter, prattle, prate, palaver.
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gossip (ˈɡɒsɪp)
 
n
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
 
vb (often foll by about) , -sips, -siping, -siped
6.  to talk casually or maliciously (about other people)
 
[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]
 
'gossiper
 
n
 
'gossiping
 
n, —adj
 
'gossipingly
 
adv
 
'gossipy
 
adj

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gossip
O.E. godsibb "godparent," from God + sibb "relative" (see sibling). Extended in M.E. to "any familiar acquaintance" (mid-14c.), especially to woman friends invited to attend a birth, later to "anyone engaging in familiar or idle talk" (1560s). Sense extended 1811 to "trifling
talk, groundless rumor." The verb meaning "to talk idly about the affairs of others" is from 1620s.
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