verb (used without object), tattled, tattling.
to let out secrets.
to chatter, prate, or gossip.
verb (used with object), tattled, tattling.
to utter idly; disclose by gossiping.
the act of tattling.
idle talk; chatter; gossip.

1475–85; < Dutch tatelen; cognate with Middle Low German tatelen

tattlingly, adverb
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tattle (ˈtætəl)
1.  (intr) to gossip about another's personal matters or secrets
2.  (tr) to reveal by gossiping: to tattle a person's secrets
3.  (intr) to talk idly; chat
4.  the act or an instance of tattling
5.  a scandalmonger or gossip
[C15 (in the sense: to stammer, hesitate): from Middle Dutch tatelen to prate, of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

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
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Example sentences
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.
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