gossip

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gossip talk socially without exchanging too much information "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    • v gossip wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies "She won't dish the dirt"
    • n gossip light informal conversation for social occasions
    • n gossip a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people "the divorce caused much gossip"
    • n gossip a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A "quidnunc" is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip, otherwise, a busybody.
    • Gossip A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary acquaintance. "My noble gossips , ye have been too prodigal."
    • Gossip A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother. "Should a great lady that was invited to be a gossip , in her place send her kitchen maid, 't would be ill taken."
    • Gossip One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler. "The common chat of gossips when they meet."
    • Gossip The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor. "Bubbles o'er like a city with gossip , scandal, and spite."
    • Gossip To make merry.
    • Gossip To prate; to chat; to talk much.
    • Gossip To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.
    • v. t Gossip To stand sponsor to.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gossip A sponsor; one who answers for a child in baptism; a godfather or godmother.
    • n gossip A friend or neighbor; an intimate companion.
    • n gossip One who goes about tattling and telling news; an idle tattler.
    • n gossip Idle talk, as of one friend or acquaintance to another; especially, confidential or minutely personal remarks about other people; tattle; scandal; trifling or groundless report.
    • gossip To be a boon companion.
    • gossip To talk idly, especially about other people; chat; tattle.
    • gossip To stand godfather to.
    • gossip To repeat as gossip: as, to gossip scandal.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gossip gos′ip one who runs about telling and hearing news: idle talk: a familiar acquaintance: a boon-companion
    • v.i Gossip to run about telling idle tales: to talk much: to chat:
    • p.adj Gossip having the character of one who gossips: tattling
    • v.i Gossip (Shak.) to stand godfather to
    • ***

Quotations

  • Robert Winder
    Robert Winder
    “Biography is a higher gossip.”
  • Sholom Aleichem
    Sholom Aleichem
    “Gossip is nature's telephone.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.”
  • Erica Jong
    Erica%20Jong
    “Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. sabhā, assembly

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps it was some gossip of the quarter which reached the deaf ears of Matazaemon.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
How the townspeople viewed the affair may be gathered from a remark made by Aunt Sally Hart, the village gossip, one Sunday at church.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
John Murray, wherein I had read the charge, had been such a friendly, tea-and-gossip book, not the kind to hiss a scandal at you.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
And this question, at first whispered in the gossip in Furmville, had crept into the newspaper dispatches.
"The Winning Clue" by James Hay, Jr.
They can gossip terribly, but they can keep a secret when they choose.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
My second-hand gossip was rather a godsend.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
I will not be the subject of village gossip.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
She lived for good works and by gossip.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
Gossip, she calls it.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It was the gossip and the linking of names in the gossip that troubled him.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
***

In poetry:

They have ears, 'tis said, so
Even the pillow we put aside
When we slept together, yet
Not dust motes, but gossip
Rises to the skies.
"They have ears" by Ise
Shrewdly you question, Senor, and I fancy
You are no novice. Confess that to little
Of my poor gossip of Mission and Pueblo
You are a stranger!
"Jack Of The Tules" by Francis Bret Harte
To gossip she never will roam,
She loves, and she stays at, her home,
Unless when a neighbour
In sickness does labour,
Then, kindly, she pays her a visit.
"The Cottage Maid" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
My gossip, the owl, -- is it thou
That out of the leaves of the low-hanging bough,
As I pass to the beach, art stirred?
Dumb woods, have ye uttered a bird?
"Sunrise" by Sidney Lanier
Blow, then, gossip, thy horn,
Speed on with echoing trot,
So that Orcus may know we are coming;
So that our host may with joy
Wait at the door to receive us.
"To Father Kronos" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Whether they knew that I was listening,
And would tell to you their story sweet,
I know not; but surely they would not chide me;
For the gossiping winds their words repeat.
"In The Meadow" by Ella Fraser Weller

In news:

Chase Crawford filming Gossip Girl on location in Central Park, New York City on October 11th.
Though Blake Lively has never responded to the nose job rumors, the Gossip Girl star's schnoz clearly looks different now than it did before her hit show debuted.
Gossip that wants Pok Pok's banana pancakes.
Scandals, gossip and stars TMZ has it all.
A mortar of gossip smuggled over the river.
Get your gossip fix below.
Supporting this gossip are reports that the band are rehearsing again, with hints of four gigs in London and New York towards the end of November and a 50th anniversary tour next year.
Communication is essential on a day like today, so make sure that your new ideas are flowing along with the rest of the gossip and information at work or around your friends.
'Gossip': It's Salacious , Yes, But Never Trivial.
Gossip is arguably one of humanity's oldest pastimes.
Stacey Dash composed a long letter explaining her rationale for supporting Mitt Romney for president in the recent election and then sent the letter to the celebrity gossip publication TMZ.
You can find a teak shelving unit or an expertly reupholstered pair of chairs, but there are also plenty of supercheap items around if you just want to stroll and gossip with a friend.
As the 2010 Turner Prize winner is named, Channel 4 News brings you the latest comment, analysis and gossip live from Tate Britain - with Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Culture Editor Matthew Cain.
The XX, Girl Talk, M83, Best Coast, Gossip, Public Enemy, and More.
Although the 25-year-old has been linked to 'Gossip Girl' star Sebastian Stan, it seems NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is " smitten " with the blonde.
***

In science:

Gossip-based aggregation in large dynamic networks.
Distributed Creation and Adaptation of Random Scale-Free Overlay Networks
We formulate our results in terms of two scenarios: broadcasting and gossiping.
Infectious Random Walks
In the gossiping scenario, each agent is given a distinct rumor at time 0 and all agents start random walks.
Infectious Random Walks
We study the gossiping time of the system, that is, the time it takes for all agents to know all rumors.
Infectious Random Walks
We prove that both the broadcasting and the gossiping times are ˜Θ (n/√m) w.h.p., thus achieving a tight characterization up to logarithmic factors.
Infectious Random Walks
***