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, causerie(noun)

    light informal conversation for social occasions

  2. gossip, comment, scuttlebutt(noun)

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

    "the divorce caused much gossip"

  3. gossip, gossiper, gossipmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger, newsmonger(verb)

    a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

  4. dish the dirt, gossip(verb)

    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, visit(verb)

    talk socially without exchanging too much information

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

Wiktionary

  1. gossip(Noun)

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

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

  2. gossip(Noun)

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

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

  3. gossip(Noun)

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

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

  4. gossip(Verb)

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

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

  5. gossip(Verb)

    To talk idly.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gossip(noun)

    a sponsor; a godfather or a godmother

    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.]

  2. Gossip(noun)

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

    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.]

  3. Gossip(noun)

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

    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.]

  4. Gossip(noun)

    the tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor

    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.]

  5. Gossip(verb)

    to stand sponsor to

    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.]

  6. Gossip(verb)

    to make merry

    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.]

  7. Gossip(verb)

    to prate; to chat; to talk much

    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.]

  8. Gossip(verb)

    to run about and tattle; to tell idle tales

    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.]

Freebase

  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

  1. GOSSIP

    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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Numerology

  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. Elbert Hubbard:

    Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.

  2. Nick Bollettieri:

    I would bring in somebody that knows the type of game that Nadal has to play now to get back, maybe bring in somebody that hears all the gossip on the street, that knows what's going on. But I certainly wouldn't change the foundation.

  3. 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.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

  5. Peter Drucker:

    While for some knowledge is food, others live on slander and gossip.The latter are the ignorant, ignore the ignorant lest you slide down to their level.

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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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