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From Old French bruit.



bruit (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Rumour, talk, hearsay.
    • 1590, Henry VI, Part III, Act IV, Scene 7, by Shakespeare
      Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand: / The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.
    • 1607, The Life of Timon of Athens, by Shakespeare
      But yet I love my country, and am not / One that rejoices in the common wreck, / As common bruit doth put it.
  2. (medicine) An abnormal sound heard on auscultation. (French pronunciation)



bruit (third-person singular simple present bruits, present participle bruiting, simple past and past participle bruited)

  1. (US, archaic British) to spread, promulgate or disseminate a rumour, news etc.
    • 1590, Thomas Hariot, A Brief and True Report of the new found land of Virginia,
      There haue bin diuers and variable reportes with some slaunderous and shamefull speeches bruited abroade by many that returned from thence.
    • circa 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 2, lines 127–128,
      And the King's rouse the heaven shall bruit again,
      Re-speaking earthly thunder.
    • 1997, Don DeLillo, Underworld,
      Paranoid. Now he knew what it meant, this word that was bandied and bruited so easily, and he sensed the connections being made around him.
    • 2010 August 4, Darren Murph, “China's maglev trains to hit 1,000km/h in three years”, Engadget, accessed on 2013-03-18:
      … it's bruited that the tunnel would cost "10 to 20 million yuan …



From Old French bruit, use as a noun of the past participle form of bruire (to roar), from a Proto-Romanic alteration (by association with braire (cry)) of Latin rugire (roar).



bruit m (plural bruits)

  1. a noise
  2. a rumor or report

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bruit m (oblique plural bruiz, nominative singular bruiz, nominative plural bruit)

  1. noise; sounds