Definition of "gossip" []

  • Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature. (noun)
  • A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts. (noun)
  • Trivial, chatty talk or writing. (noun)
  • A close friend or companion. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A godparent. (noun)
  • Casual and idle chat (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A conversation involving malicious chatter or rumours about other people (noun)
  • A person who habitually talks about others, esp maliciously (noun)
  • Light easy communication (noun)
  • A close woman friend (noun)
  • To talk casually or maliciously (about other people) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "gossip" in a sentence
  • "For the sake of this discussion, forget the negative connotations of the word gossip."
  • "I meant to have told you, but you are so grand in your lofty contempt of what you call gossip, but which I call good neighbourly intercourse!"
  • "Towards the end of the previous term gossip had it that the master of the Manor had been offered an appointment elsewhere."