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Definition of gossip verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gossip

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒsɪp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːsɪp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gossip
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒsɪp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːsɪp//
 
he / she / it gossips
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒsɪps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːsɪps//
 
past simple gossiped
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒsɪpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːsɪpt//
 
past participle gossiped
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒsɪpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːsɪpt//
 
-ing form gossiping
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒsɪpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːsɪpɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] to talk about other people’s private lives, often in an unkind way I can't stand here gossiping all day. gossip about somebody/something She's been gossiping about you. Word Origin late Old English godsibb, ‘godfather, godmother, baptismal sponsor’, literally ‘a person related to one in God’, from god ‘God’ + sibb ‘a relative’ (see sib). In Middle English the sense was ‘a close friend, a person with whom one gossips’, hence ‘a person who gossips’, later (early 19th cent.) ‘idle talk’ (from the verb, which dates from the early 17th cent.).
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