/ ˈruːmə /


    1. information, often a mixture of truth and untruth, passed around verbally
    2. ( in combination )

      a rumour-monger

  1. gossip or hearsay
  2. archaic.
    din or clamour
  3. obsolete.
    fame or reputation


  1. tr; usually passive to pass around or circulate in the form of a rumour

    it is rumoured that the Queen is coming

  2. literary.
    to make or cause to make a murmuring noise

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rumour1

C14: via Old French from Latin rūmor common talk; related to Old Norse rymja to roar, Sanskrit rāut he cries

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Example Sentences

Inevitably, more publications will follow, though rumour has it that NOW is planning to hold strong.

A Downing Street spokesman denied any “crisis talks” but not the rumour itself.

Rumour of passed events may have led him to visit the ground on which had worked a new kind of steam-engine.

Musgrave was talked of in coffeehouses; but the rumour that he would be proposed soon died away.

They knew nothing of the Maid save from the rumour of the victories she was reported to have won at Orleans.

The rumour was whispered around him, and, in his own world, secured him an envied and despicable position.

With regard to the West, there is a strong rumour of action in our favour: but at all events we are safe, and possibly successful.