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Gossip

Gossip
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. Godsib 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.