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English noun: gossip

1. gossip (communication) light informal conversation for social occasions

Synonymscauserie, chin wag, chin wagging, chin-wag, chin-wagging, chit chat, chit-chat, chitchat, gab, gabfest, small talk, tittle-tattle

Broader (hypernym)chat, confab, confabulation, schmoose, schmooze

2. gossip (communication) a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

SamplesThe divorce caused much gossip.

Synonymscomment, scuttlebutt

Broader (hypernym)account, report

Narrower (hyponym)dirt, earful, grapevine, hearsay, malicious gossip, pipeline, rumor, rumour, scandal, talk, talk of the town, word of mouth

3. gossip (person) a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

Synonymsgossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger

Broader (hypernym)communicator

Narrower (hyponym)blabbermouth, cat, scandalmonger, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale, yenta

English verb: gossip

1. gossip (communication) wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies

SamplesShe won't dish the dirt.

ExamplesSam and Sue gossip, Sam wants to gossip with Sue

Synonymsdish the dirt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)speak, talk

Narrower (hyponym)bruit, rumor, rumour

2. gossip (communication) talk socially without exchanging too much information

SamplesThe men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze.

Synonymschaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)converse, discourse

Narrower (hyponym)jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze

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