[ roo-mer ]
/ ˈru mər /


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.

verb (used with object)

to circulate, report, or assert by a rumor: It is rumored that the king is dead.

Nearby words

  1. rummage,
  2. rummage out,
  3. rummage sale,
  4. rummer,
  5. rummy,
  6. rumored,
  7. rumormonger,
  8. rumour,
  9. rump,
  10. rump parliament

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper