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[roo-mer] /ˈru mər/
a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts:
a rumor of war.
gossip; hearsay:
Don't listen to rumor.
Archaic. a continuous, confused noise; clamor; din.
verb (used with object)
to circulate, report, or assert by a rumor:
It is rumored that the king is dead.
Also, especially British, rumour.
Origin of rumor
1325-75; Middle English rumour < Middle French < Latin rūmor; akin to Sanskrit rāuti, rāvati (he) cries
Related forms
unrumored, adjective
1. report. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The boys had gone off on a hunt, a rumor of a bear having been seen about five miles off coming to them by a friendly lumberman.

  • Soon the rumor spread that the American lines were deserted.

    The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77 Samuel Adams Drake
  • I have the means, and can dispose of you without talk or rumor.

    Travels in Arabia Bayard Taylor
  • rumor had it that arms and ammunition were running short in the Xedii armies.

    The Destroyers Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Know you, Olive, that there is a rumor abroad in Salem that your father will refuse to plead, and will stand mute at his trial?

    Giles Corey, Yeoman Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Word Origin and History for rumor

late 14c., from Old French rumor "commotion, widespread noise or report" (Modern French rumeur), from Latin rumorem (nominative rumor) "noise, clamor, common talk, hearsay, popular opinion," related to ravus "hoarse," from PIE *reu- "to bellow." Related: Rumorous. Rumor mill is from 1887. Dutch rumoer, German Rumor are from French.


1590s, "spread a rumor; spread by way of rumor," from rumor (n.). Related: Rumored; rumoring.


1590s, "spread a rumor; spread by way of rumor," from rumor (n.). Related: Rumored; rumoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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