Definition of tattler in English:



  • 1A person who engages in gossip or who tells tales.

    ‘I would never ask a decent man to take up the trade of sneak and tattler’
    • ‘And at least one tattler has described listening in to the tape itself.’
    • ‘It leads to the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, named for the mayor's tattler, the legendary Richard J. Daley, the city's mayor and political boss for 21 years ending in 1976.’
    • ‘Wired has an entertaining celebrity tattler piece on how Hollywood's big names behave when they're in the Apple store.’
    • ‘All these tattlers would do better to consider less subjective reasons for the Scotsman's sales problems.’
    • ‘Still, a waitress in a diner, who has a daughter who dates the television tattler, and a grandbaby that's in desperate need of a diaper change, may have something to do with it.’
    • ‘‘Jessie,’ I say, annoyed, ‘I don't like tattlers.’’
    • ‘He felt that they were just jealous and, anyway, he doesn't like tattlers so he decided to arrive early.’
    • ‘Companies don't expect their HR departments to be ‘tattlers’ (the decent ones don't).’
    scandalmonger, gossipmonger, tittle-tattler, busybody, muckraker
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  • 2A migratory sandpiper with mainly grey plumage, breeding in north-western Canada or eastern Siberia.

    Genus Heteroscelus, family Scolopacidae: two species, in particular the wandering tattler (H. incanus) of Canada

    • ‘More narrowly, the name is given to the wandering tattler (Heteroscelus incanus) and the Polynesian, or gray-rumped, tattler (H. brevipes).’