One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
scandalmonger, gossipmonger, tittle-tattler, busybody, muckrakerView synonyms
- ‘He felt that they were just jealous and, anyway, he doesn't like tattlers so he decided to arrive early.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Wired has an entertaining celebrity tattler piece on how Hollywood's big names behave when they're in the Apple store.’
- ‘‘Jessie,’ I say, annoyed, ‘I don't like tattlers.’’
- ‘Companies don't expect their HR departments to be ‘tattlers’ (the decent ones don't).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All these tattlers would do better to consider less subjective reasons for the Scotsman's sales problems.’
- ‘And at least one tattler has described listening in to the tape itself.’
2A migratory sandpiper with mainly grey plumage, breeding in north-western Canada or eastern Siberia.
- ‘More narrowly, the name is given to the wandering tattler (Heteroscelus incanus) and the Polynesian, or gray-rumped, tattler (H. brevipes).’
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