talebearer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n talebearer someone who gossips indiscreetly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Talebearer One who officiously tells tales; one who impertinently or maliciously communicates intelligence, scandal, etc., and makes mischief. "Spies and talebearers , encouraged by her father, did their best to inflame her resentment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n talebearer One who tells tales likely to breed mischief; one who carries stories and makes mischief by his officiousness.
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Usage

In literature:

Nobody could call him a detractor or a backbiter or a talebearer or a liar.
"Bunyan Characters First Series" by Alexander Whyte
I strongly disapprove of talebearing of any sort, and wish to hear no more of this.
"The Hand of Ethelberta" by Thomas Hardy
Talebearing to his Majesty, I'll warrant!
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
"An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism" by Joseph Stump
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
"An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism" by Joseph Stump
I am not a talebearer.
"Making His Way" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Do you mean the talk about Miss Talebearer?
"The Cross and the Shamrock" by Hugh Quigley
He would not act as talebearer.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
He had a score to settle with Josiah Wilby, a boy whose talebearing had procured him his last, well-earned whacking.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson
They're powerful fond o' talebearing that Maxy lot.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The talebearer had given him an exaggerated account of the interview.
"Flip's "Islands of Providence"" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Yet so it is: she may be a talebearer, a liar, and a thief; she may have a taste for brandy, and no heart.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And he took it upon himself to be a talebearer.
"The Girls of Hillcrest Farm" by Amy Bell Marlowe
But mind this, I hate talebearing and the gossip of the place.
"The Parson O' Dumford" by George Manville Fenn
I have not been a talebearer in business not mine own.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
On the other hand, I abhor a talebearer.
"Marjorie Dean, High School Junior" by Pauline Lester
No gossiping or talebearing was allowed.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
A talebearer is sure to do incalculable mischief.
"Notes on the Book of Leviticus" by C. H. Mackintosh
If he did these things, was he not a "talebearer" within the meaning of the rule?
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
I'll have you to know I am no talebearer.
"The White Rose of Memphis" by William C. Falkner
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