tittle-tattle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Reduplication of tattle.

Noun[edit]

tittle-tattle (countable and uncountable, plural tittle-tattles)

  1. petty, idle gossip.
    • 1712, John Arbuthnot, chapter XI, in Law is a Bottomless Pit: Or, the History of John Bull, London, page 136:
      Every idle Tittle-tattle that went about, Jack was always suspected for the author of it.
  2. An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.
    • 1777, The Tatler; Or, Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq, volume 4, Dublin: W. Whitestone, W. Watson, J. Williams, W. Wilson, edition of The Tatler n° 268 (1710) by Richard Steele, page 324:
      If I can once extirpate the race of solid and substantial humdrums, I hope by my wholesome and repeated advices, quickly to reduce the insignificant tittle-tattles and matter-of-fact-men that abound in every quarter of this great city.

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

tittle-tattle (third-person singular simple present tittle-tattles, present participle tittle-tattling, simple past and past participle tittle-tattled)

  1. To engage in such gossip.
  2. To spread gossip.