One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who tattles.
scandalmonger, gossipmonger, tittle-tattler, busybody, muckrakerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘He felt that they were just jealous and, anyway, he doesn't like tattlers so he decided to arrive early.’
- ‘‘Jessie,’ I say, annoyed, ‘I don't like tattlers.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Companies don't expect their HR departments to be ‘tattlers’ (the decent ones don't).’
- ‘And at least one tattler has described listening in to the tape itself.’
- ‘All these tattlers would do better to consider less subjective reasons for the Scotsman's sales problems.’
- ‘Wired has an entertaining celebrity tattler piece on how Hollywood's big names behave when they're in the Apple store.’
2A migratory sandpiper with mainly gray plumage, breeding in northwestern Canada or eastern Siberia.
Genus Heteroscelus, family Scolopacidae: two species, in particular the wandering tattler (H. incanus) of Canada, noted for its loud cry
- ‘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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