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gossip sb.:
1. a child's godfather or godmother, sponsor (always with ref. to their relation to the parents) Gent. III. i. 270 “'tis not a maid, for she hath had g-s” (i.e. for a child of hers), Wint. II. iii. 41 “About some g-s for your highness,” H8 V. v. 13 “My noble g-s” (=sponsors to Princess Elizabeth).
2. friend Mer.V. III. i. 7 “my Report,” Rom. II. i. 11 “my Venus” ; used as a prefix to a woman's surname Wiv. IV. ii. 9, 2H4 II. i. 106 “ Quickly.”
3. applied to a woman's female friends invited to be present at a birth, (hence) tattling or gossiping woman MND. II. i. 47 “sometime lurk I in a 's bowl,” Mer.V. III. i. 9 “as lying a . . as ever knapped ginger,” Tit. IV. ii. 152 “long-tongu'd ,” Rom. III. v. 172; fig. Tw.N. I. v. 294; so gossip-like Ado V. i. 193.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (4):
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 1.5
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