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  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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Related Words for rumored

reputed, said, broadcast, prevailing, told, rife

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Word Origin and History for rumored



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

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