bush telegraph

noun

Definition of bush telegraph

  1. 1 :  a means whereby the inhabitants of a jungle or bush rapidly spread news from person to person

  2. 2 chiefly Australia :  an informal but well-organized system of word-of-mouth communication transmitting plans and movements of the police :  grapevine

  3. 3 :  unofficial information :  rumor

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bush telegraph? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!