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Talebearer   Listen

Someone who gossips indiscreetly.  Synonyms: blabbermouth, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale.

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"Talebearer" Quotes from Famous Books

... was singularly free from censoriousness, and discouraged scandal as much as vice. In dislike of backbiting indeed she and her husband cordially agreed; but they showed their dislike in different and in very characteristic ways. William preserved profound silence, and gave the talebearer a look which, as was said by a person who had once encountered it, and who took good care never to encounter it again, made your story go back down your throat. [57] Mary had a way of interrupting tattle ...
— The History of England from the Accession of James II. - Volume 3 (of 5) • Thomas Babington Macaulay

... the movements of every pair who do not walk sedately; how you may mount the stairway of a strange house—and encounter one who knows you at the top, and who laughs in his sleeve; how you may emerge from the house in which you have felt safe from espionage—only to encounter a familiar talebearer ...
— Children of the Desert • Louis Dodge

... as from a horrid nightmare. Their national ruin was averted; there were no deaths, for there were no proofs; and the talebearer's ...
— Animal Heroes • Ernest Thompson Seton

... appellation of Paoli Boswell. Servile and impertinent, shallow and pedantic, a bigot and a sot, bloated with family pride, and eternally blustering about the dignity of a born gentleman, yet stooping to be a talebearer, an eavesdropper, a common butt in the taverns of London, so curious to know everybody who was talked about, that, Tory and High Churchman as he was, he manoeuvred, we have been told, for an introduction ...
— Famous Reviews • Editor: R. Brimley Johnson

Words linked to "Talebearer" :   gossip, newsmonger, tattler, gossiper, rumourmonger, blabbermouth, tattletale, rumormonger, gossipmonger

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