Re: what is gossip?
Gossip has to do with spreading idle talk or rumors. It can be powered by malice but not always. It can be slanderous but not always. It usually has to do with spreading stories about people's personal lives without their permission and is a matter of disrespect more than anything else, really.
Not to be confused with slander, which is purposefully painting another person in a negative light and even going so far as to spread lies about them in order to malign them to others. Slander is a direct attack on a person's character.
What I'm saying is that the content of gossip can be neutral/benign ... the content of slander, not so much.
But the act of gossip itself isn't benign, because it's disrespectful.
That's how I understand it anyway. Hope that helps.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!