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noun 
  1. Someone who likes to talk about someone else"s private or personal business.
  2. Idle talk about someone"s private or personal matters, especially someone not present.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: kletspraatje, roddel
  • Italian: pettegolezzo , chiacchera , diceria
  • Spanish: chisme (italbrac, especially Latin America), bochinche (italbrac, Colombian Atlantic Coast, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico - colloquial), brete (italbrac, Cuba, colloquial), chambre (italbrac, El Salvador, Honduras - colloquial), chimento (italbrac, Argentina, Uruguay - colloquial), chirmol (italbrac, Guatemala, colloquial), cocoa (italbrac, Panama, colloquial), copucha (italbrac, Chile, colloquial), cotilleo (italbrac, Spain), cuecho (italbrac, Nicaragua, colloquial), mitote (italbrac, Mexico, colloquial), vinazo (italbrac, Costa Rica, colloquial)
  • French: commérage
  • German: Klatsch , Tratsch
verb 
  1. Talking about someone else's private or personal business.
  2. Talking idly.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: babbelen, zeveren, kletsen
    (trans-mid)
  • German: klatschen, schwatzen
    (trans-bottom)
Etymology: From Old English godsibb, where it meant "godparent". Later it came to mean a person who is your friend or companion. Since friends do a lot of talking the modern meaning of "idle talking" has stuck.


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