Gossip is conversation that's light, informal, and usually about other people's business. It can be fun to gossip about others, but no one likes it when they're the subject of gossip.

You can find people just about anywhere who love to chatter about the latest rumors and stories: they're gossips who love to gossip. You've probably seen all the celebrity gossip featured in the tabloids: stories about who's dating, marrying, divorcing, or having a baby. But don't trust everything you hear — gossip isn't always accurate, and often people spread untrue gossip just to mess with someone they don't like.

Definitions of gossip

n light informal conversation for social occasions

n a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

gossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger
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a spiteful woman gossip
a person who spreads malicious gossip
blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale
someone who gossips indiscreetly
(Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal
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a person who communicates with others

n a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

“the divorce caused much gossip
comment, scuttlebutt
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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
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account, report
the act of informing by verbal report

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

dish the dirt
bruit, rumor, rumour
tell or spread rumors
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speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

v talk socially without exchanging too much information

chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
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converse, discourse
carry on a conversation

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