Definition of gossip
(Entry 1 of 2)
: a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others
the worst gossip in town
: rumor or report of an intimate nature
spreading gossip about their divorce
: a chatty talk
: the subject matter of gossip
Their breakup was common gossip.
Definition of gossip (Entry 2 of 2)
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Did You Know?
Old English sibb, meaning “relative” or “kinsman,” came from the adjective sibb, “related by blood” (the ancestor of modern English sibling). Old English godsibb was a person spiritually related to another, specifically by being a sponsor at baptism. Today we call such a person a godparent. Over the centuries, godsibb changed both in form and in meaning. Middle English gossib came to be used for a close friend or crony as well as for a godparent. From there it was only a short step to the gossip of today, a person no longer necessarily friend, relative, or sponsor, but someone filled with irresistible tidbits of rumor.
Examples of gossip in a Sentence
He had been spreading gossip about his coworkers.
the latest news and gossip from the entertainment industry
She writes a gossip column in the paper.
I like having a good gossip now and then.
They spent the afternoon gossiping on the phone.
They often gossip with each other about their neighbors.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun
But a different kind of noise has been building around Indianapolis ever since the end of last season, the lack of breathless gossip-column fodder replaced by the weight of expectation.
Here is a twist: Barton—a legitimate actor, derailed It Girl, and erstwhile gossip-column character—settles among the performers who only play themselves.
Beginning in 1976, Hay was able to parlay his access to the shiny set into a lucrative gossip column in the National Enquirer.
At the height of her career, Lenglen was the most famous female athlete in the world, a mainstay of sports pages, gossip columns, and fashion magazines alike.
The gossip column notes that the event costs $2,500 to chair, $1,000 to host, $100 to attend as a guest, and just $50 for students.
The gossip column reported that Ratner was desporting himself at Blavatnik’s trendy Miami hotel, Faena.
After all, the President used newspapers to turn himself into a larger-than-life New York figure, making sure that his ego, his skyscrapers, his loves and his journeys through Manhattan’s nightlife filled gossip columns for decades.
Reports of the banter, wisecracking and wits frequently appeared in gossip columns.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb
In the meantime, Deutsche Bank employees in New York and Jacksonville, Fla., have been gossiping about whether the bank is going to pull out of the United States entirely.
There are some people who when gossiping about some moral outrage or act of depravity positively glow.
Lack of awareness My classmates often gossiped about Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan.
The little town in the New Mexico desert where the series was set had all the hallmarks of the small-town drama, from gossiping neighbors to love connections to marriages falling apart.
Afterward the women washed the dishes and gossiped about royal babies in an atmosphere akin to a church social.
Avoid gossiping during this period, as rumors may be extra unreliable due to Mercury retrograde, thanks to the full moon and eclipse energy.
The retirees who gather along the Washington Channel side of Hains Point to fish — more like drowning worms, gossiping and people-watching — were out of luck.
Adults gathered sullenly gossiping in small groups or sat alone, eyes fixed on nothing in particular.
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First Known Use of gossip
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
1627, in the meaning defined above
History and Etymology for gossip
Noun and Verb
Middle English gossib, from Old English godsibb, from god god + sibb kinsman, from sibb related — more at sib
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English Language Learners Definition of gossip
(Entry 1 of 2)
: information about the behavior and personal lives of other people
: information about the lives of famous people
: a person who often talks about the private details of other people’s lives
Kids Definition of gossip
(Entry 1 of 2)
: a person who repeats stories about other people
: talk or rumors involving the personal lives of other people
Kids Definition of gossip (Entry 2 of 2)
: to talk about the personal lives of other people
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