A morsel is a small amount of something, a tid-bit, a sliver, usually of something of high-quality and much desired — like a morsel of dark chocolate or a morsel of secret information.

Originally it referred specifically to food — a nineteenth century lady might partake of a "dainty morsel" to eat, for example. More often than not morsel now refers to non-food items: a morsel of good taste; a morsel of common sense, and, of course, most popular of all, a morsel of gossip. That's why, like all good food, all good gossip is juicy.

Definitions of morsel
  1. noun
    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
    synonyms: bit, bite
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    chaw, chew, cud, plug, quid, wad
    a wad of something chewable as tobacco
    small piece of e.g. bread or cake
    sop, sops
    piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
    crumb of bread; used especially for coating or thickening
    cracker crumbs
    crumbs of crackers used especially for coating or thickening
    type of:
    mouthful, taste
    a small amount eaten or drunk
  2. noun
    a small quantity of anything
    “a morsel of paper was all he needed”
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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