tattle tale

tattletale

[tat-l-teyl]
noun
1.
a talebearer or informer, especially among children.
adjective
2.
telltale; revealing: a tattletale smear of lipstick on his collar.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; tattle + tale

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tattletale (ˈtætəlˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  a scandalmonger or gossip
2.  another word for telltale

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tattletale
formed in English 1888 from tattle + tale. Probably patterned on telltale (1540s).
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