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Noun: gossip  gó-sip
  1. Light informal conversation for social occasions
    - chitchat, chit-chat, chit chat, small talk, gab, gabfest [N. Amer], tittle-tattle, chin wag, chin-wag [Brit], chin wagging, chin-wagging, causerie, bavardage
  2. A report (often malicious) about the behaviour of other people
    "the divorce caused much gossip";
    - comment, scuttlebutt [N. Amer], goss [Brit]
  3. A person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others
    - gossiper, gossipmonger, rumormonger [US], rumourmonger [Brit, Cdn], newsmonger
Verb: gossip  gó-sip
  1. Talk informally about someone else's private or personal business, esp. spreading negative or scandalous information even though it has not been confirmed to be true
    "She won't gossip";
    - dish the dirt, dish [N. Amer]
  2. Talk socially without exchanging too much information
    "the men were sitting in the cafe and gossiping";
    - chew the fat, shoot the breeze [N. Amer], chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chit-chat, chatter, chaffer, natter, jaw, claver [UK, dialect], visit, gas, gab

Derived forms: gossips, gossiped, gossiping

Type of: account, chat, chin-wag [Brit], communicator, confab, confabulation, converse, discourse, natter, report, schmoose, schmooze, speak, talk

Encyclopedia: Gossip