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tattle

[tat-l] /ˈtæt l/
verb (used without object), tattled, tattling.
1.
to let out secrets.
2.
to chatter, prate, or gossip.
verb (used with object), tattled, tattling.
3.
to utter idly; disclose by gossiping.
noun
4.
the act of tattling.
5.
idle talk; chatter; gossip.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Dutch tatelen; cognate with Middle Low German tatelen
Related forms
tattlingly, adverb
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Examples for tattle
  • Police officers are able to wait in their vehicles on the downstream side of the traffic signal and view the tattle-tale light.
  • If you are a third party signer, your job is to be a tattle tale.
  • The condition was that her sisters would be her boss, and that if she did not mind them, they had permission to tattle on her.
British Dictionary definitions for tattle

tattle

/ˈtætəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to gossip about another's personal matters or secrets
2.
(transitive) to reveal by gossiping to tattle a person's secrets
3.
(intransitive) to talk idly; chat
noun
4.
the act or an instance of tattling
5.
a scandalmonger or gossip
Word Origin
C15 (in the sense: to stammer, hesitate): from Middle Dutch tatelen to prate, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for tattle
tattle
late 15c., "to stammer, prattle," in Caxton's translation of "Reynard the Fox," probably from M.Flem. tatelen "to stutter," parallel to M.Du., M.L.G., E.Fris. tateren "to chatter, babble," possibly of imitative origin. The meaning "tell tales or secrets" is first recorded 1580s. Sense influenced by tittle.
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