Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
An old word in English, dating from the fifteenth century, bruit (pronounced BROOT) was originally a noun meaning "noise," "clamor," "rumor," "tidings," or "reputation." It survives as a verb, meaning to "spread news widely," "repeat," "report rumor." It is commonly a phrasal verb, combining with abroad or about.
Because of its association with rumor, bruiting about tends to carry a mildly unsavory tinge.
English incorporated it wholesale from the French bruit, "noise," which derived from the verb bruire, "to roar."
Examples. In Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1: "I finde that thou art no lesse than Fame hath bruited."
In Dickens's Barnaby Rudge: "The intelligence of his capture having been bruited abroad ..."