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Meaning & Definition of Gossip in English

English

Gossip

/gɑsəp/

noun

1. Light informal conversation for social occasions

    synonym:
  • chitchat
  • ,
  • chit-chat
  • ,
  • chit chat
  • ,
  • small talk
  • ,
  • gab
  • ,
  • gabfest
  • ,
  • gossip
  • ,
  • tittle-tattle
  • ,
  • chin wag
  • ,
  • chin-wag
  • ,
  • chin wagging
  • ,
  • chin-wagging
  • ,
  • causerie

2. A report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

  • "The divorce caused much gossip"
    synonym:
  • gossip
  • ,
  • comment
  • ,
  • scuttlebutt

3. A person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

    synonym:
  • gossip
  • ,
  • gossiper
  • ,
  • gossipmonger
  • ,
  • rumormonger
  • ,
  • rumourmonger
  • ,
  • newsmonger

verb

1. Wag one's tongue

  • Speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
  • "She won't dish the dirt"
    synonym:
  • dish the dirt
  • ,
  • gossip

2. Talk socially without exchanging too much information

  • "The men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    synonym:
  • chew the fat
  • ,
  • shoot the breeze
  • ,
  • chat
  • ,
  • confabulate
  • ,
  • confab
  • ,
  • chitchat
  • ,
  • chit-chat
  • ,
  • chatter
  • ,
  • chaffer
  • ,
  • natter
  • ,
  • gossip
  • ,
  • jaw
  • ,
  • claver
  • ,
  • visit

Examples of using

The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.
She spread the gossip all over the town.
She spread the gossip all over the town.