grapevine

[ greyp-vahyn ]
/ ˈgreɪpˌvaɪn /

noun

a vine that bears grapes.
Also called grapevine telegraph. a person-to-person method of spreading rumors, gossip, information, etc., by informal or unofficial conversation, letter writing, or the like.
a private or secret source of information.

Nearby words

  1. grapery,
  2. grapes,
  3. grapes of wrath, the,
  4. grapeshot,
  5. grapestone,
  6. grapey,
  7. graph,
  8. graph paper,
  9. graph theory,
  10. graph-

Origin of grapevine

1645–55; 1860–65, Americanism for def 2; grape + vine

Grapevine

[ greyp-vahyn ]
/ ˈgreɪpˌvaɪn /

noun

a town in N Texas.
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British Dictionary definitions for grapevine

grapevine

/ (ˈɡreɪpˌvaɪn) /

noun

any of several vitaceous vines of the genus Vitis, esp V. vinifera of E Asia, widely cultivated for its fruit (grapes): family Vitaceae
informal an unofficial means of relaying information, esp from person to person
a wrestling hold in which a wrestler entwines his own leg around his opponent's and exerts pressure against various joints
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Word Origin and History for grapevine

grapevine

n.

1736, from grape + vine. Meaning "rumor source" is 1862, U.S. Civil War slang for "telegraph wires."

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