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  1. present participle and gerund of tattle


tattling (plural tattlings)

  1. The speech of one who tattles.
    • c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wiues of Windsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene i]:
      Peace your tattlings!
    • 1859, John Baillie, chapter 13, in St. Augustine: A Biographical Memoir[1], New York: Robert Carter & Bros, page 112:
      [] that chaste and sober widow [] coming to Thy church, not for idle tattlings and old wives’ fables, but that she might hear Thee in Thy discourses []
    • 1935, Nellie McClung, chapter 13, in Clearing in the West[2], Toronto: Thomas Allen:
      [] we could have a glorious and radiant world here and now, a bright and happy world! There would be joy and gladness and singing in it, with plenty of work for everyone, but it would all be happy work; there would be no bad tempers, or tattlings, or scoldings, or ox beating, or ugliness.

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