- 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 rumour
A Downing Street spokesman denied any “crisis talks” but not the rumour itself.Sex Scandal Engulfs 10 Downing Street as Feral Press Bites Back
June 2, 2013
The rumour of our journey had spread, but too late for the Press to get hold of the news.My Double Life
The rumour spread that he had yielded to the entreaties of his wife Eugenie.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The rumour of his appearance is wrapped in the larger rumour of war.A Dish Of Orts
And then, from the Listening-in-Service, came the rumour of the strike.City of Endless Night
Rumour spreads quick, but the good mare's stride is quicker still.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- information, often a mixture of truth and untruth, passed around verbally
- (in combination)a rumour-monger
- gossip or hearsay
- archaic din or clamour
- obsolete fame or reputation
- (tr; usually passive) to pass around or circulate in the form of a rumourit is rumoured that the Queen is coming
- literary to make or cause to make a murmuring noise
Word Origin and History for rumour
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.