Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) disclosing information or giving evidence about another
  2. (verb, communication) divulge confidential information or secrets
  3. (verb, communication) speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Tattle

  1. late 15c., "to stammer, prattle," in Caxton's translation of "Reynard the Fox," probably from M.Flem. tatelen "to stutter," parallel to M.Du., M.L.G., E.Fris. tateren "to chatter, babble," possibly of imitative origin. The meaning "tell tales or secrets" is first recorded 1580s. Sense influenced by tittle. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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