gossip

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
  1. noun
    light informal conversation for social occasions
  2. noun
    a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others
    synonyms: gossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger
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    cat
    a spiteful woman gossip
    scandalmonger
    a person who spreads malicious gossip
    blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale
    someone who gossips indiscreetly
    yenta
    (Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal
    type of:
    communicator
    a person who communicates with others
  3. noun
    a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
    “the divorce caused much gossip
    synonyms: comment, scuttlebutt
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    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
    type of:
    account, report
    the act of informing by verbal report
  4. verb
    wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
    synonyms: dish the dirt
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    bruit, rumor, rumour
    tell or spread rumors
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    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
  5. verb
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    synonyms: chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
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    jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    type of:
    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
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