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gossip (n.)

古英语 godsibb “赞助人, 教父教母”, 来自 God + sibb “亲戚” (见 sibling). 在中古英语中扩展为“熟悉的熟人, 朋友, 邻居” (14世纪), 特别是应邀参加分娩的女性朋友, 后来扩展为“任何从事熟悉或闲谈的人” (1560年代). 1811年意义扩展到“琐碎的谈话, 毫无根据的谣言”. 类似的形式在古北欧语 guð sifja, 古撒克逊语 guþ ziff.

gossip (v.)

“闲谈他人之事”, 1620年代, 来自 gossip (n.). 相关链接: Gossiped; gossiping.

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Definitions of gossip from WordNet
1
gossip (n.)
light informal conversation for social occasions;
Synonyms: chitchat / chit-chat / chit chat / small talk / gab / gabfest / tittle-tattle / chin wag / chin-wag / chin wagging / chin-wagging / causerie
gossip (n.)
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people;
the divorce caused much gossip
Synonyms: comment / scuttlebutt
gossip (n.)
a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others;
Synonyms: gossiper / gossipmonger / rumormonger / rumourmonger / newsmonger
2
gossip (v.)
wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies;
Synonyms: dish the dirt
gossip (v.)
talk socially without exchanging too much information;
Synonyms: chew the fat / shoot the breeze / chat / confabulate / confab / chitchat / chit-chat / chatter / chaffer / natter / jaw / claver / visit
From wordnet.princeton.edu