gossip


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gossip \Gos"sip\, n. [OE. gossib, godsib, a relation or sponsor
   in baptism, a relation by a religious obligation, AS.
   godsibb, fr. god + sib alliance, relation; akin to G. sippe,
   Goth. sibja, and also to Skr. sabh[=a] assembly.]
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   1. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother.
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            Should a great lady that was invited to be a gossip,
            in her place send her kitchen maid, 't would be ill
            taken.                                --Selden.
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   2. A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary
      acquaintance. [Obs.]
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            My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal. --Shak.
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   3. One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an
      idle tattler.
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            The common chat of gossips when they meet. --Dryden.
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   4. The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor.
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            Bubbles o'er like a city with gossip, scandal, and
            spite.                                --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gossip \Gos"sip\, v. t.
   To stand sponsor to. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gossip \Gos"sip\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gossiped; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Gossiping.]
   1. To make merry. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   2. To prate; to chat; to talk much. --Shak.
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   3. To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.
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