Pronunciation: (hēr'sā"),[key] —n. 1. unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay. 2. an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay.
—adj. of, pertaining to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.