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Definition of Gossip by Merriam-Webster


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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)

Other Words from gossip



ˈgä-​sə-​prē How to pronounce gossipry (audio)





Synonyms for gossip

Synonyms: Noun

circulator, gossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger, quidnunc, talebearer, tale-teller, telltale, yenta

Synonyms: Verb

blab, dish, talk, tattle, wag

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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.

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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.

Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, “Colts’ offseason: 7 key steps for Indianapolis as team tries to go from good to great,” 20 July 2019

Here is a twist: Barton—a legitimate actor, derailed It Girl, and erstwhile gossip-column character—settles among the performers who only play themselves.

Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, ““The Hills: New Beginnings” and Our Warped American Reality,” 17 July 2019

Beginning in 1976, Hay was able to parlay his access to the shiny set into a lucrative gossip column in the National Enquirer.

Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, “The Secret Plan to Rehabilitate Jeffrey Epstein’s Image,” 16 July 2019

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.

Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, “Wimbledon’s First Fashion Scandal,” 9 July 2019

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.

Lisa Ryan, The Cut, “In Bid to be Cool Governor, Cuomo Is Hosting a Fundraiser at Surf Lodge,” 11 July 2018

The gossip column reported that Ratner was desporting himself at Blavatnik’s trendy Miami hotel, Faena.

Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, “Brett Ratner Pushing Himself as ‘Rush Hour 4’ Director,” 1 June 2018

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.

Stephen Collinson, CNN, “Trump’s tabloid past may come back to haunt him,” 17 Apr. 2018

Reports of the banter, wisecracking and wits frequently appeared in gossip columns.

Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, “Writing in the Public Eye, These Women Brought the 20th Century Into Focus,” 4 Apr. 2018

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.

David Enrich, New York Times, “Deutsche Bank, in a Last-Ditch Effort to Stop Its Spiral, Could Lay Off 20,000,” 28 June 2019

There are some people who when gossiping about some moral outrage or act of depravity positively glow.

Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, “Judge, if You Must, but Curb the Glee: Notes from Las Vegas,” 18 July 2019

Lack of awareness My classmates often gossiped about Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan.

Apoorva Malhotra, Quartz India, “A personal account of what it means to be gay in India,” 17 July 2019

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.

Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, “Manhattan, streaming on Hulu, is one of the best, most unheralded dramas of the 2010s,” 12 July 2019

Afterward the women washed the dishes and gossiped about royal babies in an atmosphere akin to a church social.

Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, “Exploring Polynesia’s Islands by Cruise,” 28 June 2019

Avoid gossiping during this period, as rumors may be extra unreliable due to Mercury retrograde, thanks to the full moon and eclipse energy.

Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, “How to Use This Month’s Mercury Retrograde to Your Advantage,” 27 June 2019

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.

Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, “No tanks, Trump. Real Washingtonians aren’t interested in your party.,” 1 July 2019

Adults gathered sullenly gossiping in small groups or sat alone, eyes fixed on nothing in particular.

Dudley Althaus,, “Migration slows in Mexico. But will it last?,” 23 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘gossip.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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


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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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