Ever hear someone say something so juicy you decide to tell other people about it, even if you don't know if it's true or not? Admit it. That hearsay, or gossip, is precisely how rumors get started.

Hearsay is one of those awesome words that tell us its definition right up front. You don't have to figure it out by hearsay, or word of mouth, the definition is right there — when you hear someone say a rumor, that's hearsay.

Definitions of hearsay

n gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth

rumor, rumour
Type of:
comment, gossip, scuttlebutt
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

adj heard through another rather than directly

hearsay information”
extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action

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