What does gossip mean?

Definitions for gossip
ˈgɒs əpgos·sip

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gossip.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chitchat, chit-chat, chit chat, small talk, gab, gabfest, gossip, tittle-tattle, chin wag, chin-wag, chin wagging, chin-wagging, causerienoun

    light informal conversation for social occasions

  2. gossip, comment, scuttlebuttnoun

    a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

    "the divorce caused much gossip"

  3. gossip, gossiper, gossipmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger, newsmongerverb

    a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

  4. dish the dirt, gossipverb

    wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies

    "She won't dish the dirt"

  5. chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chit-chat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visitverb

    talk socially without exchanging too much information

    "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"


  1. gossipnoun

    Someone who likes to talk about someone else's private or personal business.

  2. gossipnoun

    Idle talk about someone's private or personal matters, especially someone not present.

  3. gossipnoun

    A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.

  4. gossipverb

    To talk about someone else's private or personal business, especially in a way that spreads the information.

  5. gossipverb

    To talk idly.

  6. Etymology: From gossib, godsib, from godsibb, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GOSSIPnoun

    Etymology: from god and syb, relation, affinity, Saxon.

    Go to a gossip ’s feast and gaude with me,
    After so long grief such nativity:
    —— With all my heart, I’ll gossip at this feast. William Shakespeare.

    At the christening of George duke of Clarence, who was born in the castle of Dublin, he made both the earl of Kildare and the earl of Ormond his gossips. John Davies, on Ireland.

    And sometimes lurk I in a gossip ’s bowl,
    In very likeness of a roasted crab,
    And when she drinks against her lips I bob. William Shakespeare.

    To do the office of a neighbour,
    And be a gossip at his labour. Hudibras, p. ii. cant. 1.

    ’Tis sung in ev’ry street,
    The common chat of gossips when they meet. Dryden.

  2. To Gossipverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Go to a gossip’s feast and gaude with me.
    —— With all my heart, I’ll gossip at this feast. William Shakespeare.

    His mother was a votress of my order,
    And, in the spiced Indian air by night,
    Full often hath she gossipt by my side. William Shakespeare.

    The market and exchange must be left to their own ways of talking; and gossippings not to be robbed of their ancient privilege. John Locke.

    Nor met with fortune, other than at feasts,
    Full warm of blood, of mirth, of gossipping. William Shakespeare, K. John.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gossipnoun

    a sponsor; a godfather or a godmother

  2. Gossipnoun

    a friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary acquaintance

  3. Gossipnoun

    one who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler

  4. Gossipnoun

    the tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor

  5. Gossipverb

    to stand sponsor to

  6. Gossipverb

    to make merry

  7. Gossipverb

    to prate; to chat; to talk much

  8. Gossipverb

    to run about and tattle; to tell idle tales

  9. Etymology: [OE. gossib, godsib, a relation or sponsor in baptism, a relation by a religious obligation, AS. godsibb, fr. god + sib alliance, relation; akin to G. sippe, Goth. sibja, and also to Skr. sabh assembly.]


  1. Gossip

    Gossip is idle talk or rumor about the personal or private affairs of others. It is one of the oldest and most common means of sharing facts, views and slander. This term is used pejoratively by its reputation for the introduction of errors and variations into the information transmitted, and it also describes idle chat, a rumor of personal, or trivial nature. Gossip has been researched in terms of its evolutionary psychology origins. This has found gossip to be an important means by which people can monitor cooperative reputations and so maintain widespread indirect reciprocity. Indirect reciprocity is defined here as "I help you and somebody else helps me." Gossip has also been identified by Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary biologist, as aiding social bonding in large groups. With the advent of the internet gossip is now widespread on an instant basis, from one place in the world to another what used to take a long time to filter through is now instant. The term is sometimes used to specifically refer to the spreading of dirt and misinformation, as through excited discussion of scandals. Some newspapers carry "gossip columns" which detail the social and personal lives of celebrities or of élite members of certain communities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gossip

    gos′ip, n. one who runs about telling and hearing news: idle talk: a familiar acquaintance: a boon-companion.—v.i. to run about telling idle tales: to talk much: to chat: (Shak.) to stand godfather to.—n. Goss′iping, the act or practice of one who gossips or tattles.—p.adj. having the character of one who gossips: tattling.—n. Goss′ipry.—adj. Goss′ipy. [Orig. a sponsor in baptism, or one related in the service of God; M. E. gossib (earlier form, godsib)—God, and sib, related; cf. Ger. sippe, Ice. sif, affinity, Scot. sib, related.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. gossip

    1. Vice enjoyed vicariously--the sweet, subtle satisfaction without the risk. 2. The lack of a worthy theme.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    Derived either from the Grk. _gups_, vulture, or Fr. _gosier_, wind-pipe. Hence, a vulture that tears its prey to bits, or an exercise of the wind-pipe from which every victim gets a blow.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gossip in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gossip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of gossip in a Sentence

  1. Chris Krepich:

    The congressman isn't going to participate in any speculation or gossip regarding the matter while the Bob Mueller investigation wraps up.

  2. H.W. Mann:

    Judging someone without knowing their life experience, without knowing their pain, by their physical appearance, by their social status, from your own belief system, from other people’s gossip, is a very shallow view, and a very shallow opinion.

  3. Author Unknown:

    Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.

  4. Pope Francis:

    If you get an urge to say something against a brother or a sister, to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue! Hard!

  5. Aaron Sorkin:

    The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public -- a story that was developing right in front of their eyes.

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  • ғәйбәт тоҡсайы, ғәйбәт, ғәйбәтсеBashkir
  • xafarder, xafarderia, xafardejarCatalan, Valencian
  • klatschen, Klatsch, tratschen, schwatzen, TratschGerman
  • klaĉo, klaĉiEsperanto
  • chambre, cotilleo, chismosa, chimento, argüende, cotilla, copuchento, chisme, chismorrear, copucha, chismoso, cahuín, alcahuete, chismear, vinazo, cuecho, cotillear, chirmol, mitote, argüendero, cocoa, bochinche, brete, argüenderaSpanish
  • juoruilija, juoruta, jutella, juorukello, juoru, juoruillaFinnish
  • commère, commérage, bavarder, cancan, commérer, ragot, potinsFrench
  • scéalaíochtIrish
  • seanchasScottish Gaelic
  • רכילות, לרכלHebrew
  • गप-शपHindi
  • pletykás, pletykál, pletyka, pletykafészekHungarian
  • gosipIndonesian
  • chiaccherare, ciarla, chiacchera, comare, pettegolo, linguacciuto, spettegolare, chiacchierone, pettegolezzo, chiacchierona, pettegola, ciarlatano, diceriaItalian
  • ゴシップ, 噂Japanese
  • tarawau, pōtinitini, pakitara, ngutungutuMāori
  • roddelaarster, kletspraatje, zeveren, kletsen, roddelaar, zwetsen, roddelen, babbelen, roddelDutch
  • slarve, sladder, sladreNorwegian
  • aseezį́Navajo, Navaho
  • plotkarz, plotkarka, plotkować, plotkaPolish
  • fofoqueiro, bisbilhotice, papear, bater papo, fofocar, mexericar, fofoca, mexerico, mexeriqueiroPortuguese
  • сплетничать, болтун, болтунья, сплетник, слухи, сплетница, болтовня, сплетниRussian
  • tračati, brbljati, ogovaranje, оговарање, ogovaratiSerbo-Croatian
  • çuçurjar, thashetheme, çuçurimë, thashethemexhiAlbanian
  • skvaller, skvallerkäring, skvallerranta, sladder, sladderkärring, skvallertaska, sladdertacka, skvallertant, skvallerkvarn, tjallare, skvallerbytta, skvallermosterSwedish
  • fakachi, fitina, tetesiSwahili
  • గాలి కబుర్లుTelugu
  • dedikoducu, dedikodu yapmak, dedikodu, çene çalmakTurkish
  • گپ شپUrdu

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    of surpassing excellence
    • A. profound
    • B. brilliant
    • C. handsome
    • D. victimised

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