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

 

tattle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtætl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tattle
BrE BrE//ˈtætl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætl//
 
he / she / it tattles
BrE BrE//ˈtætlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætlz//
 
past simple tattled
BrE BrE//ˈtætld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætld//
 
past participle tattled
BrE BrE//ˈtætld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætld//
 
-ing form tattling
BrE BrE//ˈtætlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] tattle (on somebody) (to somebody) (informal, disapproving, especially North American English) to tell somebody, especially somebody in authority, about something bad that somebody else has done synonym tell on somebody You should learn that you just don’t tattle on classmates. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘falter, stammer’, also ‘make meaningless sounds’, referring to a small child): from Middle Flemish tatelen, tateren, of imitative origin.
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