Tittle-tattling Tit"tle-tat`tling, n. The act or habit of parting idly or gossiping. [1913 Webster]

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  • tittle-tattling — tittˈle tattˈling noun • • • Main Entry: ↑tittle …   Useful english 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 — [tit′ l tat΄ l] n., vi. tittle tattled, tittle tattling [redupl. of TATTLE] gossip; chatter …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • tattle — (v.) 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tattle — 1. verb 1) we were tattling about him Syn: gossip, chatter, chat, prattle, babble, jabber, gabble, rattle on; informal chinwag, jaw, yak, gab, natter, tittle tattle, chitchat 2) I would tattle on her if I had evidence …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • tattle — v 1. blab, blurt out, gush, Inf. spout; let slip, reveal, divulge secrets; tattletale, tell on, inform on, Inf. snitch on, Sl. squeal on, Sl. rat on, Sl. fink on. 2. gossip, tittle tattle, buzz, talk idly, Sl. shoot the breeze, Inf. gab, Sl. gas …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • tattle — tat|tle [ˈtætl] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Middle Dutch; Origin: tatelen] 1.) [i]old fashioned to talk about other people s private lives = ↑gossip 2.) especially AmE if a child tattles, they tell a parent or teacher that another child has done… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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