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  1. present participle of tattle


tattling (plural tattlings)

  1. The speech of one who tattles.
    • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act IV, Scene 1,[1]
      Peace your tattlings!
    • 1859, John Baillie, St. Augustine: A Biographical Memoir, New York: Robert Carter & Bros., Chapter 13, p. 112,[2]
      [] 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, Clearing in the West, Toronto: Thomas Allen, Chapter 13,[3]
      [] 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.