1. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother.
Should a great lady that was invited to be a gossip, in her place send her kitchen maid, 't would be ill taken. --Selden.
2. A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary acquaintance. [Obs.]
My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal. --Shak.
3. One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler.
The common chat of gossips when they meet. --Dryden.
4. The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor.
Bubbles o'er like a city with gossip, scandal, and spite. --Tennyson.
Gos·sip, v. t. To stand sponsor to. [Obs.]
Gos·sip, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gossiped p. pr. & vb. n. Gossiping.]
1. To make merry. [Obs.]
2. To prate; to chat; to talk much.
3. To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.
n 1: light informal conversation for social occasions [syn: chitchat,
small talk, gab, gabfest, tittle-tattle, chin-wag,
2: a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other
people; "the divorce caused much gossip" [syn: comment,
3: a person given to gossiping and divulging personal
information about others [syn: gossiper, gossipmonger,
rumormonger, rumourmonger, newsmonger]
v 1: wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or
intimacies; "She won't dish the dirt" [syn: dish the
2: talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the
men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
[syn: chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate,
confab, chitchat, chatter, chaffer, natter, jaw,