Some one who is not good at keeping secrets. In my native language it is called "chugalkhor" but it's a slang. So I can't translate it.

What do you call such a person who can't keep secrets because his instincts don't let him.

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    See the synonyms section for blabbermouth: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blabbermouth Jul 10, 2014 at 4:22
  • It could be newsmonger
    – Maulik V
    Jul 10, 2014 at 5:20
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    If the answers on ELU were not good enough, please explain what it is exactly you are looking for, which is not already there:english.stackexchange.com/questions/183214/…
    – fluffy
    Jul 10, 2014 at 7:18
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    I think this question needs more context. A little kid who "tells on" his little brother (as in, "Mom! Billy ate a cookie!") is a tattletale; a criminal who "spills the beans" during interrogation is a rat; a housewife who can't shut up about seeing her neighbor holding hands with a man who is not her husband could be a gossiper, meddler, or busybody. What kind of secret are we talking about here? The suggestion by @CopperKettle is a good one, though; blabbermouth would fit just about all of those scenarios.
    – J.R.
    Jul 10, 2014 at 10:01
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    In "The Wire", I've seen snitch used quite frequently.
    – jinawee
    Jul 10, 2014 at 10:58

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A slang term for a person who can't keep a secret is a blabbermouth.

Someone who talks a lot about other people, including about their personal information, is a gossip or gossiper (you can say it either way).


I thought of another one: loudmouth. A loudmouth can be someone who talks too loud, but they can also be someone who blurts out secrets without thinking.

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    I've just recalled a good use of the word 'blabbermouth' in one great movie: youtube.com/watch?v=5EC1l1J8Voc#t=211 ("put these in water, blabbermouth!" - after the nurse spills the beans, telling that the key hero was expelled from the hospital, not simply discharged) Jul 10, 2014 at 4:34

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