tittle-tattle

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tittle-tattle

  (informal)
talk about other people's lives that is usually unkind or not true They know that tittle-tattle about the royal family helps to sell newspapers.
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Nightingale, who, in many other instances, was rather too effeminate in his disposition, had a pretty strong inclination to tittle-tattle.
It took its rise out of the tittle-tattle and tale- bearing which had been the cause of Johnson's beating, and from the noise we heard, and from the sight of the bruised men next day, it was patent that half the forecastle had soundly drubbed the other half.
Schomberg's gastronomic tittle-tattle was responsible for these; and I half hoped I should never see Falk again.