Origin of rumor
OTHER WORDS FROM rumorun·ru·mored, adjective
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What does rumor mean?
A rumor is a story or statement that is being passed around without confirmation that the information is true, as in I heard a rumor about a new superhero movie.
Rumor can also mean general hearsay, as in You shouldn’t put much faith in rumor and speculation.
As a verb, rumor means to spread or report rumors. When used this way, it is usually accompanied by the thing that is a rumor, as in It has been rumored that Disney is building a new amusement park outside the city.
While rumor does mean the information hasn’t been checked, it is still possible for it to be true. For this reason, rumor may not always be able to be used as a synonym for words like lie, falsehood, nonsense, or fiction.
In British English, rumor is often spelled as rumour.
A person who loves spreading rumors is called a rumormonger.
Example: My gossipy neighbor loves spreading ridiculous rumors all over town.
Where does rumor come from?
The first records of rumor come from around 1325. It ultimately comes from the Latin rūmor. Even in ancient Rome, people couldn’t help themselves from spreading rumors.
People are fascinated by rumors. Magazines and celebrity gossip publications often dedicate entire issues to spreading rumors about famous people. Rumors allow our imagination to run wild, which is probably why we enjoy hearing them.
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What are some other forms related to rumor?
- rumour (alternative spelling)
- unrumored (adjective)
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How is rumor used in real life?
People love to spread rumors. A word of advice: It is a good idea to check for the truth if a rumor sounds ridiculous or untrue.
WHAT'S THE HOT GOSSIP? Looking for some JUICY rumors…
— Ryland Adams (@Ryland_Adams) March 15, 2017
I heard/ read those rumors too and is not impossible.
— Guada Vicky (@GuadaQuis) May 21, 2021
The iPhone I want isn’t coming out until November (according to rumors) 😔
— Scoop There It Is! (@WhoIsWynton) October 13, 2020
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Which of the following is NOT a synonym of rumor?
How to use rumor in a sentence
If the latest rumors from Android Central are to be believed, the answer is apparently "not much."OnePlus 8T reportedly launches in October with 120Hz OLED, Snapdragon 865+|Ron Amadeo|September 4, 2020|Ars Technica
Unsubstantiated rumors that khat leaves can carry the coronavirus haven’t helped either.How the Pandemic Is Saving Lives in the Horn of Africa|Eromo Egbejule|September 3, 2020|Ozy
Because the rumors mentioned voter data from Michigan, the office of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson also denied that any information had been stolen.FBI says hackers haven’t stolen any U.S. voter data this year|Aaron Pressman|September 1, 2020|Fortune
The controversies come as Robinhood is adding senior executives specializing in compliance ahead of rumors the company soon plans to go public.Robinhood app stumbles amid surge in Apple, Tesla trading volume|Jeff|September 1, 2020|Fortune
By the end of 2019, such rumors were linked to at least 70 violent incidents, according to analysis by the data journalism website IndiaSpend.How India became the world’s leader in internet shutdowns|Katie McLean|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Another rumor that has existed since before The Empire Strikes Back was released.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Not even Radio Bemba (Cuban slang for the rumor mill) had picked up the signal.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He does, however, attempt to dispel some of the myths that have emerged from hearsay and rumor over the last century.
Thus the rumor as well as the reality of the threat is used for intimidation.
A Rumor of Angels: Quotations for Living, Dying and Letting Goby Gail Perry Johnson and Jill Perry Rabideau.
There was a rumor that Alessandro and his father had both died; but no one knew anything certainly.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
In 1821 rumor had it that he intended to wed a miller's widow, his patroness, who was thirty-two years old.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Our men thought it was an exaggerated rumor, but still they were advising people to leave Holland as early as possible.Ways of War and Peace|Delia Austrian
But while the rumor remained uncontradicted it caused high excitement and great rage.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
There is a rumor that if the two overcome the Christians, they turn their arms against the kalif and the arch-sultan next.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis