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bruit

[broot]
verb (used with object)
  1. to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about): The report was bruited through the village.
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noun
  1. Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
  2. Archaic. rumor; report.
  3. Archaic. noise; din; clamor.
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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 formsbruit·er, noun
Can be confusedbruit brute
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Related Words for bruits

noise, blazon, disseminate, whisper, promulgate, broadcast, spread, propagate, report, gossip, advertise, circulate

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Historical Examples of bruits

  • Meanwhile there were bruits of great doings in the north of Lincolnshire.

    Hereward, The Last of the English

    Charles Kingsley

  • Ans.No, it iz an alterative; it alters dollars into pence, and men into bruits.


British Dictionary definitions for bruits

bruit

verb
  1. (tr; often passive usually foll by about) to report; rumourit was bruited about that the king was dead
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noun
  1. med an abnormal sound heard within the body during auscultation, esp a heart murmur
  2. archaic
    1. a rumour
    2. a loud outcry; clamour
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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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Word Origin and History for bruits

bruit

v.

"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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bruits in Medicine

bruit

(brōōē)
n.
  1. A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard in auscultation.
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