AskDefine | Define grapevine

Dictionary Definition



1 gossip spread by spoken communication; "the news of their affair was spread by word of mouth" [syn: pipeline, word of mouth]
2 any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries [syn: grape]

User Contributed Dictionary



grape + vine


  1. The plant, of genus Vitis, on which grapes grow
  2. An informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip.
    I heard on the grapevine that Jim will be leaving soon.


the plant on which grapes grow
  • Czech: vinná réva
  • Finnish: viiniköynnös
  • French: vigne
  • German: Weinstock
  • Greek, Ancient: άμπελος
  • Greek, Modern: κλήμα, αμπέλι
  • Italian: vite
  • Polish: winorośl
  • Portuguese: videira
  • Spanish: vid, parra
source of gossip

Extensive Definition

Grapevine can refer to several things:
grapevine in German: Grapevine
grapevine in French: Grapevine
grapevine in Volapük: Grapevine

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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