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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GOSSIPING

I passed through the gossiping crowd with bread and water for my culprit.

And you know, my dear, she may be dead while we're gossiping.

And because we should be talked about in that gossiping boarding-house circle.

The examiner had given himself up to the spirit of gossiping idleness.

Her companion notes the gossiping shades, but appears unconcerned.

Now she is near—but the seat is empty, and the nurse is gossiping in the distance.

Second, gossiping ladies with a swarm of their news-bearing hags.

There are gossiping women, decked in their caps and many-colored finery.

Nurse Farmer, he supposed, who had been gossiping with Daphne.

You rail at our sex for gossiping, and growl when we can't or won't tell you anything.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English godsibb "sponsor, godparent," from God + sibb "relative" (see sibling). Extended in Middle English to "any familiar acquaintance" (mid-14c.), especially to woman friends invited to attend a birth, later to "anyone engaging in familiar or idle talk" (1560s). Sense extended 1811 to "trifling talk, groundless rumor." Similar formations in Old Norse guðsifja, Old Saxon guþziff.

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