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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Middle Dutch
Origin: tatelen

tattle

verb
     
Related topics: Daily Life
tat‧tle [intransitive]
1 old-fashioned to talk about other people's private lives [= gossip]
2D especially American English if a child tattles, they tell a parent or teacher that another child has done something bad
tattle on
Robert is always tattling on me for things I didn't do.
tittle-tattle
tattle noun [uncountable]
tattler noun [countable]

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