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
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