I have talked with many people who think that gossiping is lying about people. That activity is better described as lying, though. Gossip’s meaning may be understood through a couple of several proverbs that mention it.
The power that is required to be able to control my tongue is great. When I refuse to speak secrets just because I know them, covering someone’s weakness or failure, I will be blessed. Never forget that Canaan was thrown out of the land by Israel as a fulfillment of Noah’s curse of Ham for uncovering his nakedness. (Genesis 9:20-27)