Gossip - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡɑːsɪp|  American pronunciation of the word gossip
Brit.  |ˈɡɒsɪp|  British pronunciation of the word gossip


- light informal conversation for social occasions (syn: causerie, chit-chat, chitchat, gab, tittle-tattle)
- a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people (syn: comment, scuttlebutt)
the divorce caused much gossip
- a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others (syn: gossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger)


- wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
- talk socially without exchanging too much information (syn: chaffer, chat, chatter, chit-chat, chitchat, confab, confabulate, jaw, natter, visit)

Extra examples

He had been spreading gossip about his coworkers.

She writes a gossip column in the paper.

I like having a good gossip now and then.

They spent the afternoon gossiping on the phone.

They often gossip with each other about their neighbors.

We gossiped for an hour with Mr. Saville and his family.

Here's an interesting piece of gossip about Mrs Smith.

What's the latest gossip?

Do you want to hear some juicy gossip ?

She had no time for idle gossip.

It was common gossip how he felt about her.

You miss a lot of office gossip when you have a day off work.

On Sundays all the men gather in the square to exchange local gossip.

Phil's in there, having a gossip with Maggie.

Rick's a terrible gossip.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gossip
he/she/it: gossips
present participle: gossiping
past tense: gossiped
past participle: gossiped
singular: gossip
plural: gossips
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