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GOSSIP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gossip mean? 

GOSSIP (noun)
  The noun GOSSIP has 3 senses:

1. light informal conversation for social occasions
2. a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
3. a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

  Familiarity information: GOSSIP used as a noun is uncommon.


GOSSIP (verb)
  The verb GOSSIP has 2 senses:

1. wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
2. talk socially without exchanging too much information

  Familiarity information: GOSSIP used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GOSSIP (noun)


Sense 1gossip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Light informal conversation for social occasions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

causerie; tittle-tattle; small talk; gossip; gabfest; gab; chitchat; chin-wagging; chin-wag

Hypernyms ("gossip" is a kind of...):

chat; confab; confabulation; schmoose; schmooze (an informal conversation)


Sense 2gossip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

scuttlebutt; gossip; comment

Context example:

the divorce caused much gossip

Hypernyms ("gossip" is a kind of...):

account; report (the act of informing by verbal report)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gossip"):

earful (an outpouring of gossip)

hearsay; rumor; rumour (gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth)

grapevine; pipeline; word of mouth (gossip spread by spoken communication)

dirt; malicious gossip; scandal (disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people)

talk; talk of the town (idle gossip or rumor)


Sense 3gossip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

rumourmonger; rumormonger; newsmonger; gossipmonger; gossiper; gossip

Hypernyms ("gossip" is a kind of...):

communicator (a person who communicates with others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gossip"):

yenta ((Yiddish) a woman gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal)

blabbermouth; talebearer; taleteller; tattler; tattletale; telltale (someone who gossips indiscreetly)

scandalmonger (a person who spreads malicious gossip)

cat (a spiteful woman gossip)


GOSSIP (verb)


Sense 1gossip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

dish the dirt; gossip

Context example:

She won't dish the dirt

Hypernyms (to "gossip" is one way to...):

speak; talk (exchange thoughts; talk with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "gossip"):

bruit; rumor; rumour (tell or spread rumors)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue gossip
Sam wants to gossip with Sue


Sense 2gossip [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Talk socially without exchanging too much information

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

shoot the breeze; natter; jaw; confab; claver; chitchat; chat; chew the fat; confabulate; gossip; chaffer; chatter; visit

Context example:

the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze

Hypernyms (to "gossip" is one way to...):

converse; discourse (carry on a conversation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "gossip"):

jawbone; schmoose; schmooze; shmoose; shmooze (talk idly or casually and in a friendly way)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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