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WORD ORIGIN

formed in English 1888 from tattle + tale. Probably patterned on telltale (1540s). A 16c. word for "tattle-tale" was pickthank.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.