gossiping

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gossiping a conversation that spreads personal information about other people
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A "quidnunc" is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip, otherwise, a busybody.
    • n gossiping A christening feast or other merry assemblage.
    • n gossiping Idle talk; chatter; scandal-mongering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gossiping the act or practice of one who gossips or tattles
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Quotations

  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.”
  • Paul Scott
    Paul Scott
    “Ah, well, the truth is always one thing, but in a way it's the other thing, the gossip, that counts. It shows where people's hearts lie.”
  • Liz Smith
    Liz Smith
    “Gossip is news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.”
  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    “Show me someone who never gossips, and I will show you someone who is not interested in people.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. a sponsor in baptism, or one related in the service of God; M. E. gossib (earlier form, godsib)—God, and sib, related; cf. Ger. sippe, Ice. sif, affinity, Scot. sib, related.

Usage

In literature:

So, quite without malice or retention, she poured out the gossip of the town, but not its scandal.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Hekekian comes in every day with his handsome old face and a budget of news, all the gossip of the Sultan and his doings.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
She announced that she had come to take dear Fanny down from her clouds and humanise her by a little gossip.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
It was too cold a day to gossip in a doorway.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The majority of the men were listening to gossip about their colleagues in the Cafe Cardinal across the way.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
You will see, when you read the gossip, that very little is to the point.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
The hunting-field is always a great place for gossip, for except at rare intervals there is little else to do.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
The fashions, and social gossips, and fancy work and amusements would all be tabooed subjects there, I expect.
"Medoline Selwyn's Work" by Mrs. J. J. Colter
The irony of it all is that this gossip filtered in here through your son, Duane.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
They would drop in, squat down, tender their services, suggest remedies, and gossip.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
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In poetry:

Not one o' them husseys as gossips and chatters,
And is allers o' mindin' of other folk's matters,
But one as 'ull work, and be gentle and kind,
And as knows when to gi'e you "a bit of her mind."
"Bedfordshire Ballad - IV" by E W Bowling
“And all would be as it had been before;
Again at eve there would be news to tell;
Who passed should hear them chant it o’er and o’er,
Gossip, how wags the world?’ ‘Well, gossip, well.’”
"Sand Martins" by Jean Ingelow
Rebecca heard the gossips say,
"Alone from dusk till midnight stay
Within the church-porch drear and dark,
Upon the vigil of Saint Mark,
And, lovely maiden! you shall see
What youth your husband is to be."
"Rebecca" by Sir John Carr
They entered, and forthwith entranced,
Her body braced, her members danced;
Surprisingly the woman leapt;
And countenance composed she kept:
As gossip neighbours in the lane
Declared, who saw and pitied Jane.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Below them in the village are peaceful folk and still,
They gossip of old yesterdays, of merry times or ill.
But here beyond the twilight stray two who only see
The promise of tomorrow — the dawn that is to be.
"Twilight" by Theodosia Garrison
"Dying," so said the gossips. "Dead"
Was what the friars who found him said.
May be. Quien sabe? Who else should know?
It was a hundred years ago.
There was a funeral. Small indeed--
Private. What would you? To proceed:--
"Don Diego Of The South" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

LOS ANGELES — For my January article "Just Say No to Day Care," I had "advertised' Canyon Gossip and specifically my article on some parenting message boards.
The gossip queens have been atwitter this week at the news that CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper's boyfriend, club owner Ben Maisani, was photographed making out with another guy in Central Park.
I've got nothing but love for Penn Badgley -- somehow he's made Dan Humphrey seem like the only sane, interesting person on "Gossip Girl," he's incredibly charming in peson and ain't too tough on the eyes.
If someone lets you in on a juicy piece of gossip this week don't pass it on to anyone else.
Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley performs the song " Lilac Wine" at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn New York.
Gossip Girl 's Georgina Ex Machina .
Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick: Man About Town Gossip Girl's stylish star Ed Westwick has NYC-and the city's It girls-at his feet.
The Gossip Girl turned hardcore rocker shocked every one at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, showing up for the Marchesa show dressed like a lady, and RadarOnline.com has the photos to prove it.
Henceforth, let today be known as Gossip Day.
Last night's episode of Gossip Girl blissfully had nothing to do with today's presidential election.
A collection of gossip, scuttlebutt , and odds and ends from our reporters' notebooks.
Schnabel Dished in Venice … Whit Stillman, Gossip Synergist .
Gosling's gone gaga for a Gossip Girl.
Mammoth news and gossip for Aug 3-9.
Michael Bloomberg to Hang Out With 'Gossip Girl' Cast.
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In science:

This is to be expected, since PBW has many moredegrees of freedom for to optimize than the broadcast gossip in with all equal weights Wij = g∗ .
Weight Optimization for Consensus Algorithms with Correlated Switching Topology
PBW shows faster decay of MSE than the broadcast gossip with Wij = g∗ and Wij = 0.5.
Weight Optimization for Consensus Algorithms with Correlated Switching Topology
Broadcast gossip algorithm with different weight choices.
Weight Optimization for Consensus Algorithms with Correlated Switching Topology
We remark that the matrix W needs not to be symmetric for the broadcast gossip and that Wij = 0, if (i, j ) /∈ E .
Weight Optimization for Consensus Algorithms with Correlated Switching Topology
Scaglione, “Broadcast gossip algorithms for consensus,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. V.
Weight Optimization for Consensus Algorithms with Correlated Switching Topology
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