tattle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tattle divulge confidential information or secrets "Be careful--his secretary talks"
    • v tattle speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n tattle disclosing information or giving evidence about another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tattle Idle talk or chat; trifling talk; prate. "They] told the tattle of the day."
    • Tattle To prate; to talk idly; to use many words with little meaning; to chat. "The tattling quality of age, which is always narrative."
    • Tattle To tell tales; to communicate secrets; to be a talebearer; as, a tattling girl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tattle To prate; talk idly; use many words with little meaning; prattle; chatter; chat.
    • tattle To gossip; carry tales. See tattling, p. a.
    • tattle To utter idly; blab.
    • n tattle Prate; idle talk or chat; trifling talk.
    • n tattle Synonyms Chatter, Babble, etc. See prattle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tattle tat′l trifling talk or chat
    • v.i Tattle to talk idly or triflingly: to tell tales or secrets
    • n Tattle idle talk
    • n Tattle (Shak.) the act of tale-telling
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Quotations

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    “Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to OE. tateren, LG. tateln, D. tateren, to stammer, and perhaps to E. titter,

Usage

In literature:

I am sure that it is only tittle-tattle.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
She takes no interest in anything beyond the tittle-tattle of the county.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
To cheat this busy, tattling, censuring world!
"The Prince of Parthia" by Thomas Godfrey
And in this, ye people of Baalbek, is food enough for tattle, and cause enough for persecution.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
And he scorns all my accusations against Jake, and treats me worse than some silly, tattling servant girl.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
But I feel as if the relationship between Cecilia and myself were being profaned by tittle-tattle of that kind.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
Wherever I went I heard nothing but malicious remarks, slurring accusations and tittle-tattle.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
We have assemblies, where we tittle-tattle and gossip.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
And such a man always tattles; such people don't do anything but tattle.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
Thus she heard much women's tattle, but knew nothing of what passed.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Mamise would not tattle, but she began again to lose heart.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
She has already gotten two people into trouble by tattling.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
Let them once get tattling in their parlours, and it's death to me.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Who could have been tittle-tattling about me so?
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
They tattled a while, and then took pity on her and accepted her.
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
At all events, I won't tattle about it even to the superintendent.
"Hand and Ring" by Anna Katharine Green
And he never wants any tattling either.
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
They would surely go and tattle about it all over town.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
It was beneath contempt, he said, and he didn't want the tittle-tattle to get about.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
He alone must be on the watch for tattle-tales, must run the risk of punishment.
"Sube Cane" by Edward Bellamy Partridge
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In poetry:

The tattle of my
Gold joints, my way of turning
Bitches to ripples of silver
Rolls out a carpet, a hush.
"Gigolo" by Sylvia Plath
The windows rattled, the moonbeams tattled
A tale so strange and queer.
They told how at night, in dire affright
The Moon had hid in fear.
"A Goblin Christmas" by Anonymous Americas
ESCARPIN.
Oh! how soon they 'd have an answer
If they asked of me these questions.
I know how to treat such tattle:
Leave them, sir, to me.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The future is a grey seagull
Tattling in its cat-voice of departure.
Age and terror, like nurses, attend her,
And a drowned man, complaining of the great cold,
Crawls up out of the sea.
"A Life" by Sylvia Plath
"I know he's up against it bad;
Stintin' himself to pay the men.
Don't listen to this tattle, lad,
An' leave that dirty work to Ben.
He tries to play on others need;
It's partly devil, partly greed.
"Old Bob Blair" by C J Dennis
When he saw the sloops sent to apprehend him,
He didn't lose his courage, but fiendishly did grin;
And told his men to cease from drinking and their tittle-tattle,
Although he had only twenty men on board, and prepare for battle.
"Captain Teach alias Black Beard" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

But mostly I just like to publicly tattle about people who irritate me.
Howard Gensler, Daily News Tattle Columnist Philadelphia Daily News.
I think that " tattling " on his boss has enormous potential to come back and bite him in the rear.
Mike faces the moral dilemma of " tattling " out of loyalty to his employer or feigning ignorance to avoid a potential backlash.
Teaching kids the difference between ' tattling ' and 'telling.
To cut down on the number of tattling episodes in the classroom, I punch out construction paper shapes, enough for one per student each day of the week.
Telltale Is Tattling , But Is He Telling US All.
Telltale Is Tattling, But Is He Telling US All.
The new Junior Safety officer is a tattle tale.
Philadelphia Daily News Tattle column.
A tale of tassels, hot tottys, and tattles.
Outbound firewall tattles on Macs.
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Diane Lane Tattles on Her Speed-Freak Husband, Josh Brolin.
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