AskDefine | Define tattle

Dictionary Definition

tattle n : disclosing information or giving evidence about another [syn: singing, telling]


1 speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly [syn: chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, blabber, gabble]
2 divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks" [syn: spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, talk, blab, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab out] [ant: keep quiet]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. intransitive pejorative To report others' wrongdoings or violations to tell on somebody; to gossip or to disclose incriminating information.
  2. To chatter.


  1. A tattletale.
  2. Gossip; idle talk.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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