tittle-tattle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tittle-tattle speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n tittle-tattle light informal conversation for social occasions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tittle-tattle An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.
    • Tittle-tattle Idle, trifling talk; empty prattle.
    • v. i Tittle-tattle To talk idly; to prate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tittle-tattle To talk idly; prate; gabble.
    • n tittle-tattle Idle, trifling talk; insignificant gossip.
    • n tittle-tattle An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.
    • tittle-tattle Gossiping; gabbling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tittle-tattle idle, empty talk
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A reduplication of tattle,

Usage

In literature:

Be deaf to the tittle tattle of your fellow soldiers in the ranks.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
Scandal and tittle-tattle begun on board?
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman
Looking down the table I told myself that it must be the very home of idle gossip and the hot-bed of tittle-tattle.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
All the tittle-tattle of the world pours into those ears like vinegar through a funnel.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
It was some foolish tittle-tattle, some nonsense, probably hatched by that stupid old talkative Lady Linden.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
There's no use mincing matters between us, because you know as well as I do who is at the bottom of all this tittle-tattle.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
Be discreet as to repeating any local tittle-tattle you may possibly overhear.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
I don't know how you feel about it, but if there's one thing I dislike it's tittle-tattle about my private affairs.
"Golden Stories" by Various
Isn't it sufficient that by your tittle-tattle you caused me to wrong the lady?
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
You speak to me about Etretat, and about the people who indulged in "tittle-tattle" along the beach of that delightful watering-place.
"The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
Tittle-tattle will effect no lodgment in the Asquithian brain.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Ah, I see well that what has made him so notorious was only idle tittle-tattle.
"King of the Jews" by William T. Stead
A tittle-tattle of bribes and rivalries disgusts the intelligent student.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
In a word, he wished to put an end to all the tittle-tattle about, and to have his full liberty.
"Artist and Model" by René de Pont-Jest
Into the whirlpool of tittle-tattle Mrs. Mitchell wisely abstained from plunging.
"A Speckled Bird" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
I said nothing to this, nor did I answer anything to much other tittle-tattle.
"Memoirs of Leonora Christina" by Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
There'll be no need of a second crucifixion, or for more tittle-tattle about dying for sinners.
"A Second Coming" by Richard Marsh
I don't know to what tittle-tattle you've been listening.
"Poor Relations" by Compton Mackenzie
Our gossip takes on the character of personal judgments rather than of tittle-tattle.
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various
But what I can't understand is how there's anybody who'll allow himself to be taken in by all that tittle-tattle.
"Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV)" by Charles Paul de Kock
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In poetry:

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