carrytale

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Etymology[edit]

carry +‎ tale

Noun[edit]

carrytale (plural carrytales)

  1. An indiscreet person who spreads gossip.
    • 1593, Shakespeare, William, Venus and Adonis, lines 655–658:
      'This sour informer, this bate-breeding spy, / This canker that eats up Love's tender spring, / This carrytale, dissentious Jealousy, / That sometime true news, sometime false doth bring,

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