bruit

[ 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.

noun

Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
Archaic. rumor; report.
Archaic. noise; din; clamor.

Origin of bruit

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

bruit·er, noun

Can be confused

bruit brute
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British Dictionary definitions for bruit

bruit

/ (bruːt) /

verb

(tr; often passive usually foll by about) to report; rumourit was bruited about that the king was dead

noun

med an abnormal sound heard within the body during auscultation, esp a heart murmur
archaic
  1. a rumour
  2. a loud outcry; clamour

Word Origin for bruit

C15: via French from Medieval Latin brūgītus, probably from Vulgar Latin bragere (unattested) to yell + Latin rugīre to roar
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Medicine definitions for bruit

bruit

[ brōōē ]

n.

A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard in auscultation.
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