When someone talks about another person, the things that are said might be gossip. Gossip might be a combination of factual and false information, but whether or not the information is true, gossip can be harmful to the reputation of the person who is being talked about.
- My neighbor has all the latest gossip about what is happening in the neighborhood.
- Have you heard any of the latest gossip about Jennifer Lopez?
- Sarah wants to be in on all the gossip at work.
- A recent book about Donald Trump contains a lot of juicy gossip about him and his family.
- It’s not nice to spread gossip about someone.
- Gossiping can hurt a person’s reputation. (The word "gossiping" is a gerund in this sentence.)
The word "gossip" can also be used as a verb:
- The students are gossiping about the teacher.
- The neighbors gossiped about a new family that moved into the neighborhood. The gossip was unkind.
- It’s not nice to gossip about someone. ("To gossip" is an infinitive.)
The word "gossipy" is an adjective used to describe a person who likes to gossip.
- Clara is a very gossipy person.
- The office is full of gossipy people.
- After Todd developed a reputation for being gossipy, people who worked around him stopped sharing personal information of any kind.
There are a few other ways of referring to a person who gossips. You can use the words "gossip monger" or just "gossip."
- Todd is a gossip monger.
- Todd has a reputation for being a gossip.
At work they like to hang around the water cooler and gossip.
January 8, 2018