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  • n. a secret or mystery
  • n. writing
  • n. rumour, speech, advice
  • n. a whisper
  • v. to whisper

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To whisper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See round.
  • n. See round.


From Middle English, from Old English rūn. More at round. (Wiktionary)
From Old English rūnian. (Wiktionary)


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  • A whisper, or to whisper.

    "Another rouned to his fellow low."

    An obsolete word, replaced by "whisper." Why do words fall out of favor? In this case, maybe because "whisper," with its S sound, actually sounds more like a whisper.

    I remember a game we used to play as kids: tell a friend you have a secret and then just make a pssst pssst sound in his or her ear, making the friend giggle and driving the other kids crazy. ("What is it? What is it?")

    December 8, 2008