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Gossip

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A tattler; a sponsor at baptism, a corruption of gossib, which is Godsib, a kinsman in the Lord. (Sib, gesib, Anglo-Saxon, kinsman, whence sibman, he is our sib, still used.)

“‘Tis not a maid, for she hath had gossips [sponsors for her child]: yet ʹtis a maid, for she is her master’s servant, and serves for wages.”—Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, iii. 1.

Gossip. A father confessor, of a good, easy, jovial frame.


“Here, Andrew, carry this to my gossip, jolly father Boniface, the monk of St. Martin’s.”—Sir Walter Scott: Quentin Durward.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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