tattler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tattler any of several long-legged shorebirds having a loud whistling cry
    • n tattler someone who gossips indiscreetly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tattler (Zoöl) Any one of several species of large, long-legged sandpipers belonging to the genus Totanus.
    • Tattler One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tattler One who tattles; an idle talker; a prattler; a telltale.
    • n tattler In ornithology, a bird of the family Scolopacidæ and genus Totanus in a broad sense; one of the Totaneæ; a horseman or gambet: so called from the vociferous cries of most of these birds. There are many species, of several genera, of all parts of the world; and some are noted for their extensive dispersion, as the wandering tattler of various coasts and islands of the Pacific. The word is chiefly a book-name, as those tattlers which are well known in English-speaking countries have other vernacular names, as yellowlegs, yellowshank, redshank, greenshank, willet; and some of them are called sandpipers, with or without qualifying terms. See the distinctive names (with various cuts), and also Scolopacidæ, sandpiper, snipe, Totanus. and cuts under greenshank, redshank, Rhyacophilus, ruff, Tringoides, Tryngites, willet, and yellowlegs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tattler one given to tattling
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. tatelen; Low Ger. tateln, to gabble; an imit. word.

Usage

In literature:

Queen Amelie of Portugal, you see her pictures in the Tattler and Sphere opening bazaars.
"Adventures and Letters" by Richard Harding Davis
On shipboard he would be a sneak, a whiner, a tattler.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
He meant to go away before that, so don't think his heart is broken, or mind what silly tattlers say.
"An Old-fashioned Girl" by Louisa May Alcott
These newspapers are great tattlers!
"Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne
The fellows in this academy admire a tattler!
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
But I should like to confound some of these petty tattlers.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Well, go ahead, tattler!
"Tabitha's Vacation" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Comments have been made by cheap tattlers about his frequent visits.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The tattler is one of the most abominable of our trials.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
From what office this tattler came he did not know; but it was evident that Bradish was cognizant of the trick.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
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In poetry:

An empty nest! It used to bear
A happy burden, when the breeze
Of summer rocked it, and a pair
Of merry tattlers told the trees
What treasures they had hidden there.
"An Empty Nest" by James Whitcomb Riley
Whoever keeps an open ear
For tattlers will be sure to hear
The trumpet of contention;
Aspersion is the babbler’s trade,
To listen is to lend him aid,
And rush into dissension.
"Friendship" by William Cowper

In news:

'Bernie' is a little like sitting on a shady front porch and gossiping with the town tattlers (B+).
Watching Bernie is a little like sitting on a shady front porch and gossiping with the town tattlers.
Watch out for Tattler Canning Lids.
No One Loves a Tattler , However True the Tale.
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