Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A vine on which grapes grow.
  • n. The informal transmission of information, gossip, or rumor from person to person.
  • n. A usually unrevealed source of confidential information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The plant, a vine of genus Vitis, on which grapes grow
  • n. A rumor
  • n. An informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip.
  • n. A move in which the feet are alternately placed in front of each other, while both remaining on the ice or ground, incorporating half-turns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vine or climbing shrub, of the genus Vitis, having small green flowers and lobed leaves, and bearing the fruit called grapes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
  • n. gossip spread by spoken communication

Etymologies

grape +‎ vine (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rachel, most of these peer workshops are by invitation, so the grapevine is the way to learn about them.

    Learning to fly solo «

  • "Watch me!" cried Ted, as he began doing what he called a grapevine twist.

    The Curlytops and Their Playmates or Jolly Times Through the Holidays

  • PS – Word on the Hip-O grapevine is that a long-awaited (I knew of it being in the planning stages a year ago!) “Supremes Lost & Found” is coming later this month or at the beginning of February.

    Hitsville U.S.A. : Scrubbles.net

  • I hear via the grapevine from the hurricane experts at RSMS that the envelope of possibilities stretches up to a category three hurricane, which would be a pretty nasty one.

    Discourse.net: Fay

  • Word on the grapevine is that the Canadian media is getting ready for the massive feeding frenzy that will be the 100th Canadian soldier death in Afghanistan, a galvanizing moment for the anti-war leftist propagandists who will use the triple digit statistic to fast track our abandonment of Afghanistan.

    2008 September 16 « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • However, the prison grapevine is remarkably effective and Langham's presence will be known from day one.

    Archive 2007-09-09

  • Word on the grapevine is that Podshow's contract locks its participants into Podshow for all podcasting activity two or three years (reports on the duration vary).

    Adam Curry Correction + Podcast Ownership

  • Through the grapevine is pretty much how the club has been picking up members as it rolled along after it got started by Caris Lim, a Swiss woman married to a Malaysian.

    Fiction and Friends

  • "The grapevine is the grapevine," Shahnasarian says, "and there's nothing you can do about that."

    USATODAY.com - Don't let a mistake derail your career

  • The lock of the arm at the back of the neck, those holds known as the Nelson and the half-Nelson, and the ancient "hip lock," and the ineffectual schoolboy "grapevine" -- he would none of things so crude, and slipped out of them like a snake.

    The Way of a Man

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  • There's a list for that, I'm pretty certain.

    January 19, 2011

  • Oh funny--I always heard that as "some or none of what you hear."

    January 19, 2011

  • "People say believe half of what you see
    Son, and none of what you hear..."
    -Marvin Gaye

    Good advice.

    June 15, 2008

  • Grapevines think alike.

    June 15, 2008