grapevine (plural grapevines)
- The plant, a vine of genus Vitis, on which grapes grow.
- Synonyms: winetree
- Although many grape vines have geographical names, those rarely reflect their real origin, if known at all.
- A rumor.
- An informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip.
- I heard through the grapevine that Jim will be leaving soon.
- 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, “The Shadow of the Bat”, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=11 pages 6–7]:
- The Bat—they called him the Bat. […] Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
- (skating) 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.
- (wrestling) A leglock.
- (informal person-to-person means of circulating information) bush telegraph, jungle telegraph, mulga wire, rumor mill
- French: vigne
- German: Weinstock, Rebstock
- Italian: vite
- Portuguese: videira, parreira
- Russian: виногра́д
- Spanish: vid, parra
- French: rumeur, téléphone arabe
- German: Gerüchteküche, Buschtrommel, Buschtrommeln, Urwaldtrommel, Flurfunk, Gerüchteküche
- Italian: tam-tam
- Russian: сарафа́нное ра́дио
- Spanish: rumor, radio macuto
grapevine (grapevines, present participle grapevining; past and past participle grapevined)
- A city in Texas.