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rumor

[roo-mer]
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noun
  1. a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts: a rumor of war.
  2. gossip; hearsay: Don't listen to rumor.
  3. Archaic. a continuous, confused noise; clamor; din.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to circulate, report, or assert by a rumor: It is rumored that the king is dead.
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Also especially British, ru·mour.

Origin of rumor

1325–75; Middle English rumour < Middle French < Latin rūmor; akin to Sanskrit rāuti, rāvati (he) cries
Related formsun·ru·mored, adjective

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1. report.
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  • That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • They were built upon high cliffs and rumor had it that no enemy could take them.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • We had paused to recuperate our animals, and there was a rumor that we were to get new clothing.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • The rumor of the threatened attack on the spread was known to all the nine now.

  • Indeed there was rumor that white travelers had seen them north of Mexico.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne


Word Origin and History for rumor

n.

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.

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v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper