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gossip

noun uk   /ˈɡɒs.ɪp/  us   /ˈɡɑː.səp/
B2 [S or U] conversation or reports about other people's private lives that might be unkind, disapproving, or not true: Her letter was full of gossip. Jane and Lyn sat in the kitchen having a good gossip about their friends. I don't like all this idle gossip. I've got some juicy gossip for you. Have you heard the (latest) gossip? [C] disapproving (also gossipmonger ) someone who enjoys talking about other people and their private lives: She's a terrible gossip.
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gossipy
adjective uk   /ˈɡɒs.ɪ.pi/  us   /ˈɡɑː.sɪ.pi/
a gossipy letter gossipy people

gossip

verb [I] uk   /ˈɡɒs.ɪp/  us   /ˈɡɑː.səp/
B2 to talk about other people's private lives: Stop gossiping and get on with some work. People have started to gossip about us.
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