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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 guðsifja ,古撒克逊语 guþziff

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