word of mouth


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word of mouth

n.
Spoken communication: News of their success spread by word of mouth.

word′-of-mouth′ adj.

word′ of mouth′


n.
informal oral communication: rumors spreading by word of mouth.
[1545–55]
word′-of-mouth′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.word of mouth - gossip spread by spoken communicationword of mouth - gossip spread by spoken communication; "the news of their affair was spread by word of mouth"
scuttlebutt, gossip, comment - a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip"
Translations
bouche à oreille
References in classic literature ?
DEAR MADAM -- In compliance with your request, I now proceed to communicate to you in writing what (but for the calamity which has so recently befallen you) I should have preferred communicating by word of mouth.
For this purpose a capable officer, Bolkhovitinov, was chosen, who was to explain the whole affair by word of mouth, besides delivering a written report.
Yet they were less changed than they had been when told only by word of mouth.
That was so far well, but Vronsky knew that in this dirty business, though his only share in it was undertaking by word of mouth to be surety for Venovsky, it was absolutely necessary for him to have the two thousand five hundred roubles so as to be able to fling it at the swindler, and have no more words with him.
Giving himself up for slain, he called round him his friends, and made his will by word of mouth.
Elinor had just been congratulating herself, in the midst of her perplexity, that however difficult it might be to express herself properly by letter, it was at least preferable to giving the information by word of mouth, when her visitor entered, to force her upon this greatest exertion of all.
Sire, an order is given by a sign, by a gesture, by a glance, as intelligibly, as freely, and as clearly as by word of mouth.
Raffles, and I did not know about you, and there was something I longed to tell you about him, something I could not tell you in a minute in the street, or indeed by word of mouth at all.
I can visualize the entire scene--the apelike Grimaldi men huddled in their filthy caves; the huge pterodactyls soaring through the heavy air upon their bat-like wings; the mighty dinosaurs moving their clumsy hulks beneath the dark shadows of preglacial forests--the dragons which we considered myths until science taught us that they were the true recollections of the first man, handed down through countless ages by word of mouth from father to son out of the unrecorded dawn of humanity.
These gods also made overtures to White Fang, but he warned them off with a snarl, and the master did likewise with word of mouth.
When I wrote down, at your biding, all that I had told you by word of mouth, I cannot imagine what delusion possessed me.
We should have come to you ourselves and not left an important message to be passed along by word of mouth in that fashion.