tattle

  • 1 Tattle — Tat tle, n. Idle talk or chat; trifling talk; prate. [1913 Webster] [They] told the tattle of the day. Swift. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 tattle — ► NOUN ▪ gossip; idle talk. ► VERB ▪ engage in tattle. DERIVATIVES tattler noun. ORIGIN Flemish tatelen, tateren …

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  • 3 Tattle — Tat tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tattled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tattling}.] [Akin to OE. tateren, LG. tateln, D. tateren to stammer, and perhaps to E. titter.] 1. To prate; to talk idly; to use many words with little meaning; to chat. [1913 Webster] The …

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  • 4 tattle — index betray (disclose), divulge, inform (notify), report (rumor) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

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  • 5 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… …

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  • 6 tattle — *gossip, blab Analogous words: divulge, disclose, betray, *reveal …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 tattle — [v] gossip; tell rumor babble, blab*, chat, chatter, give away, give the show away*, gossip, have a big mouth*, jabber, leak, noise, prate, prattle*, rumor, snitch, spill, spill the beans*, spread rumor*, squeal, talk, talk idly, tell on, tell… …

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  • 8 tattle — [tat′ l] vi. tattled, tattling [LME tattlen, prob. < MDu tatelen, of echoic orig.] 1. to talk idly; chatter; gossip 2. to reveal other people s secrets; tell tales 3. to inform against someone vt. to reveal (a secret) through gossiping n. idle …

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  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 tattle — v. (colloq.) (D; intr.) ( to inform ) to tattle on * * * [ tætl] (colloq.) (D; intr.) ( to inform ) to tattle on (colloq.) (D; intr.) ( to inform ) to tattle on …

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  • 11 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

  • 12 tattle — Synonyms and related words: babble, back fence gossip, be indiscreet, be unguarded, bear witness against, betray, betray a confidence, blab, blabber, blather, blether, blow the whistle, blurt, blurt out, buzz, chatter, chitchat, clatter, cry,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 tattle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. prattle, prate; chat[ter]; jabber, talk, gossip; reveal (a secret), inform, peach (inf.), tell on, tell tales, blab (sl.), spill the beans (sl.). See accusation, disclosure. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn.… …

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  • 14 tattle — tat|tle1 [ tætl ] verb intransitive to tell someone that another person has done something bad, usually in order to get them in trouble. This word is usually used by or about children and shows that you dislike people who do this: TELL ON: Tammy… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 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 …

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  • 16 tattle — UK [ˈtæt(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms tattle : present tense I/you/we/they tattle he/she/it tattles present participle tattling past tense tattled past participle tattled mainly American showing disapproval to tell someone that… …

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  • 17 tattle — I. noun Date: circa 1529 1. idle talk ; chatter 2. gossip II. verb (tattled; tattling) Etymology: Middle Dutch tatelen; akin to Middle English tateren to tattle …

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  • 18 tattle — [[t]tæ̱t(ə)l[/t]] see tittle tattle …

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  • 19 tattle — noun gossip; idle talk. verb engage in tattle. ↘chiefly N. Amer. report another s wrongdoing. Derivatives tattler noun Origin C15: from Mid. Flemish tatelen, tateren, of imitative origin …

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  • 20 tattle — tat•tle [[t]ˈtæt l[/t]] v. tled, tling, n. 1) to tell something secret or private about another, often out of spite 2) to chatter, prate, or gossip 3) to utter idly; disclose by gossiping 4) phv tattle on, to betray by tattling 5) the act of… …

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