A Downing Street spokesman denied any “crisis talks” but not the rumour itself.
Of course, the rumour was not true; she did not believe a word of it; and it was disloyal to Paul even to be annoyed by it.
A rumour that he was alive in 1812, in South America, was circulated in London.
Indeed, there's a rumour flying about, and I've come down to speak with you and Lucy on the subject.
Weary of rumour of wars, before we have the wars themselves, love.
He had heard a rumour by accident of our arrival, and had steamed down to the south-west end of the Lake to verify it.
The rumour of witchcraft was like the echo of thunder among the hills.
He listened immobile to her step fading down the garden: he heard the rumour of her departure.
rumour has it that the enemy is moving back, but I cannot say.
But now, if this rumour were true, there had been positive dishonesty.
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.