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He lowered his voice as if a sea urchin might hear and tattle.

Is not this better than the indulgence in perpetual trifling and tattle?

So much so that if she had a husband, he dare not beat her lest she run and tattle to them.

Sooner I had a snake in my hut to run and tattle to the gods of me.

It was no maiden, nor the tattle of the town, that brought you this.

But she was dignified and reticent, and pathos, like tattle, was disgusting to her.

She collected all the scandal, all the stories, all the tattle, all the suspicions.

I will make certain that he will not blab nor tattle—that is the thing most to be feared.

The gossip is not always of the swift, nor the tattle of the wrong.

He had already begun to tattle, out of jealousy for another man who had supplanted him in her good graces.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "to stammer, prattle," in Caxton's translation of "Reynard the Fox," probably from Middle Flemish tatelen "to stutter," parallel to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, East Frisian tateren "to chatter, babble," possibly of imitative origin. The meaning "tell tales or secrets" is first recorded 1580s. Sense influenced by tittle. Related: Tattled; tattling.

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