- 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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Related Wordscomment, lie, story, word, hearsay, innuendo, whisper, falsehood, tale, hoax, suggestion, scandal, report, gossip, news, fabrication, wire, invention, notoriety, bruit
Examples from the Web for rumor
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
December 19, 2014
He does, however, attempt to dispel some of the myths that have emerged from hearsay and rumor over the last century.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
Thus the rumor as well as the reality of the threat is used for intimidation.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
A Rumor of Angels: Quotations for Living, Dying and Letting Goby Gail Perry Johnson and Jill Perry Rabideau.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
October 16, 2014
But the rumor that House Republicans were cutting funding for Ebola had already taken off.Progressive Bloggers Spread False Ebola Story
September 11, 2014
That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.
They were built upon high cliffs and rumor had it that no enemy could take them.
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.Frank Roscoe's Secret
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
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.