Tittle-tattle Tit"tle-tat`tle, n. [A reduplication of tattle.] 1. Idle, trifling talk; empty prattle. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. An idle, trifling talker; a gossip. [R.] --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • tittle-tattle — [tit′ l tat΄ l] n., vi. tittle tattled, tittle tattling [redupl. of TATTLE] gossip; chatter …   English World dictionary

  • tittle-tattle — ► NOUN ▪ gossip. ► VERB ▪ engage in gossip. ORIGIN reduplication of TATTLE(Cf. ↑tattler) …   English terms dictionary

  • Tittle-tattle — Tit tle tat tle, v. i. To talk idly; to prate. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tittle-tattle — [[t]tɪ̱t(ə)l tæt(ə)l[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you refer to something that a group of people talk about as tittle tattle, you mean that you disapprove of it because it is not important, and there is no real evidence that it is true.… …   English dictionary

  • tittle-tattle — noun Etymology: reduplication of 1tattle Date: circa 1529 gossip, prattle • tittle tattle intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tittle-tattle — informal talk about other people s lives that is usually unkind or not true. They know that tittle tattle about the royal family helps to sell newspapers …   New idioms dictionary

  • tittle-tattle — tittle tattler, n. /tit l tat l/, n., v., tittle tattled, tittle tattling. n. 1. gossip or foolish chatter. v.i. 2. to gossip or chatter. [1520 30; gradational compound based on tittle to whisper, gossip] * * * …   Universalium

  • tittle-tattle — /ˈtɪtl tætl / (say titl tatl) noun 1. gossip; telltale. –verb (i) (tittle tattled, tittle tattling) 2. to reveal private or confidential matters in idle gossip; act as a tale bearer. {varied reduplication of tattle} –tittle tattler, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • tittle-tattle — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I noun Idle, often sensational and groundless talk about others: gossip, gossipry, hearsay, report, rumor, talebearing, tattle, word. Slang: scuttlebutt. See WORDS. II verb To engage in or spread gossip: blab, gossip, noise …   English dictionary for students

  • tittle tattle — Synonyms and related words: babble, babblement, back fence gossip, backchat, bavardage, be closeted with, beauty parlor chitchat, bibble babble, blab, blabber, blah blah, blather, blether, blethers, cackle, caquet, caqueterie, chat, chatter,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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