- 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.
- to circulate, report, or assert by a rumor: It is rumored that the king is dead.
Origin of rumor
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Examples from the Web for rumored
Before Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston was in a rumored relationship with friend Robyn Crawford.
I have to confess, I had no idea that Whitney had a rumored gay lover before reading about your role in this movie.
No one knows what they're about but Boba Fett is rumored to be the subject of one.Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars
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By May, Brown and Rihanna had broken up again, and the following spring, she was rumored to (again) be dating Drake.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy
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Well, Beyoncé Platinum is rumored to include a remix featuring the singer.Beyonce’s New “7/11” and “Ring Off” Will Give You Reason to Live (And Dance)
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It was rumored that a statue by him had been exhibited in New York.Quaint Courtships
It was rumored, sir, that she admired me for my Manly Shape.
We had heard it rumored that there were some suitors for Mammy's hand.Southern Lights and Shadows
It was rumored that there lay the ultimate proof of Anglo-Saxon ascendancy.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
It was rumored that the rebels were in force at Frederick City.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
Word Origin and History for rumored
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.