1. A sponsor; a godfather or a godmother. "Should a great lady that was invited to be a gossip, in her place send her kitchen maid, 't would be ill taken." (Selden)

2. A friend or comrade; a companion; a familiar and customary acquaintance. "My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal." (Shak)

3. One who runs house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler. "The common chat of gossips when they meet." (Dryden)

4. The tattle of a gossip; groundless rumor. "Bubbles o'er like a city with gossip, scandal, and spite." (Tennyson)

Origin: OE. Gossib, godsib, a relation or sponsor in baptism, a relation by a religious obligation, AS. Godsibb, fr. God + sib alliance, relation; akin to G. Sippe, Goth. Sibja, and also to Skr. Sabha assembly.

To stand sponsor to.

1. To make merry.

2. To prate; to chat; to talk much.

3. To run about and tattle; to tell idle tales.

Origin: Gossiped; Gossiping.

(01 Mar 1998)

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