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[broot] /brut/
verb (used with object)
to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about):
The report was bruited through the village.
Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
Archaic. rumor; report.
Archaic. noise; din; clamor.
Origin of bruit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of past participle of bruire to roar < Vulgar Latin *brūgere, a conflation of Latin rūgīre to bellow and Vulgar Latin *bragere; see bray1
Related forms
bruiter, noun
Can be confused
bruit, brute. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bruit
Historical Examples
  • The bruit revived, which had broken out a year before—that the house was haunted.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • There was no headache and the man himself did not notice the bruit.

  • By this doing the King heard the common brute (bruit) of himself.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • This that my brethren report may well be true, and yet I take no shame in the bruit or “fama.”

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • They bruit of wars—that thunder heard in dreams; Huge insurrections, and dynastic changes Resolved in blood.

  • The Arrowes of Mosco at the first made them pause upon the matter, thinking by his bruit and skipping, there were many Salvages.

    Legends of Loudoun Harrison Williams
  • The same sound can be produced by shaking the patient (bruit de glou-glou).

  • The arrows of Mosco at the first made them pause upon the matter, thinking by his bruit and skipping, there were many savages.

  • For bruit of the advance of the Saxon troops was in every mouth, though no one knew anything for certain.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • On the other hand, no trumpet is thought loud enough to bruit about a suspicion that Man may be a creature of yet remoter date.

British Dictionary definitions for bruit


(transitive; often passive) usually foll by about. to report; rumour: it was bruited about that the king was dead
(med) an abnormal sound heard within the body during auscultation, esp a heart murmur
  1. a rumour
  2. a loud outcry; clamour
Word Origin
C15: via French from Medieval Latin brūgītus, probably from Vulgar Latin bragere (unattested) to yell + Latin rugīre to roar
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Word Origin and History for bruit

"to report," 1520s, from bruit (n.) "rumor, tiding, fame, renown" (mid-15c.), from French bruit (n.), from bruire "to make noise, roar," of uncertain origin. Related: Bruited; bruiting.

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bruit in Medicine

bruit bru·it (brōō'ē)
A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard in auscultation.

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