Definition of Tattle

1. Noun. Disclosing information or giving evidence about another.

Exact synonyms: Singing, Telling
Generic synonyms: Disclosure, Revealing, Revelation
Derivative terms: Sing, Tell, Telling



2. Verb. Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly. "Sam and Sue tattle"

3. Verb. Divulge confidential information or secrets. ; "Be careful--his secretary talks"

Definition of Tattle

1. v. i. To prate; to talk idly; to use many words with little meaning; to chat.

2. n. Idle talk or chat; trifling talk; prate.

Definition of Tattle

1. Verb. (intransitive pejorative) To report others' wrongdoings or violations; to tell on somebody; to gossip or to disclose incriminating information. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To chatter. ¹

3. Noun. A tattletale. ¹

4. Noun. Gossip; idle talk. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tattle

1. to reveal the activities of another [v -TLED, -TLING, -TLES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tattle

tatters
tattersall
tattersalls
tattery
tattie
tattie cake
tattie scone
tattier
tatties
tattiest
tattily
tattiness
tattinesses
tatting
tattings
tattle (current term)
tattle tell
tattled
tattler
tattlers
tattles
tattletale
tattletale gray
tattletale grey
tattletales
tattletaling
tattling
tattling(a)
tattlings
tattoed

Literary usage of Tattle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"... is a variant of tidy/ and "vate" is an affix, from the Latin r ado (to go), meaning " to go and do something. Tittle tattle. tattle ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1865)
"... and according to Diefenbach, chatter, tattle. ... gossip, tattle; chwedl, report, news, a saying, story; ..."

3. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers (1853)
"J tattle. Sir, you are welcome ashore, Ben. Thank you, thank you, ... tattle. Well, Miss, I have vour promise. Sir S. Body o' me, madam, you say true. ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"Belg. klapp-en, to tattle ; alao, to betray. CLEP, ». tattle, pert loquacity, S. synon. gab, gash, ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"Shak., Tit. And., iv. 2. 168. tattle (tat'l), ». [< tattle, г.] Prate ; idle talk or chat ; trifling talk. Thus does the old gentleman ..."

6. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1894)
"TROUTING tattle. NOT long ago a traveller, sauntering through the demesne of a Scottish magnate, whereof the old- fashioned mansion has been lately replaced ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Tattle on Dictionary.com!Search for Tattle on Thesaurus.com!Search for Tattle on Google!Search for Tattle on Wikipedia!

Search