[ noun ] light informal conversation for social occasions
Used in print(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)
She soared over the new pastor like an avenging angel lest he stray from the path and not know all the truth and gossip of which she was chief repository .
[ noun ] a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
"the divorce caused much gossip"
Used in print(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
The monk Savonarola , brought over from the Renaissance and placed against the background of Munich at the turn_of_the_century , protests against the luxurious works displayed in the art shop of M._Bluthenzweig ; in particular against a Madonna portrayed in a voluptuous style and modeled , according_to gossip , upon the painter 's mistress .(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)
And the forked tongue of gossip licked its sinister way from back_porch to back_porch .
[ verb ] talk socially without exchanging too much information
"the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"