Meaning of “gossip” in the English Dictionary

"gossip" in British English

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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.
I don't like all this idle gossip.
I've got some juicy gossip for you.
Have you heard the (latest) gossip?
UK Jane and Lyn sat in the kitchen having a good gossip about their friends.

[ C ] disapproving also gossipmonger, someone who enjoys talking about other people and their private lives:

She's a terrible gossip.

More examples

  • I've just been talking to the girls downstairs and I've got some delicious gossip.
  • Some magazines contain nothing but scandal and gossip.
  • She always keeps me up to date with the latest gossip.
  • There's a lot of gossip about me going around. What have you been saying?
  • Let's go for a coffee - I need to catch up on all the gossip.
adjective uk /ˈɡɒs.ɪ.pi/ us /ˈɡɑː.sə.pi/

a gossipy letter
gossipy people

gossipverb [ I ]

uk /ˈɡɒs.ɪp/ us /ˈɡɑː.səp/

B2 to talk about other people's private lives:

Stop gossiping and do your work.
People have started to gossip about us.

More examples

  • She's been gossiping and hasn't done a stroke of work all morning.
  • Janet spends hours gossiping on the phone.
  • I wouldn't tell her your secrets - you know how she likes to gossip.
  • It's not only the women around here who like to gossip, you know!
  • The old folk sit gossiping in the village square for most of the morning.

(Definition of “gossip” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gossip" in American English

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gossipnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈɡɑs·p/

talk about other people’s private lives:

[ U ] Have you heard the latest gossip (= what is being said about someone)?

A gossip is also someone who enjoys talking about other people’s private lives:

[ C ] Charlie is a real gossip.
verb [ I ] us /ˈɡɑs·əp/

Don’t mind us – we’re just gossiping!

(Definition of “gossip” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)