Definition of tittle-tattle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɪtl tætl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪtl tætl//
[uncountable] (informal, disapproving)
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unimportant talk, usually not true, about other people and their lives synonym gossip The story was nothing more than idle tittle-tattle. More Like This Reduplicative words airy-fairy, argy-bargy, chit-chat, criss-cross, dilly-dally, harum-scarum, helter-skelter, higgledy-piggledy, hocus-pocus, hoity-toity, hotchpotch, hurly-burly, itty-bitty, mumbo jumbo, mishmash, nitty-gritty, ping-pong, pitter-patter, shilly-shally, teeny-weeny, tittle-tattle, touchy-feely, wishy-washySee worksheet. Word Originearly 16th cent.: reduplication of tattle.