rumor

[ roo-mer ]
/ ˈru mər /
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noun

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.
Also especially British, ru·mour.

Origin of rumor

1325–75; Middle English rumour < Middle French < Latin rūmor; akin to Sanskrit rāuti, rāvati (he) cries
SYNONYMS FOR rumor
Related formsun·ru·mored, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rumour

rumour

US rumor

/ (ˈruːmə) /

noun

  1. information, often a mixture of truth and untruth, passed around verbally
  2. (in combination)a rumour-monger
gossip or hearsay
archaic din or clamour
obsolete fame or reputation

verb

(tr; usually passive) to pass around or circulate in the form of a rumourit is rumoured that the Queen is coming
literary to make or cause to make a murmuring noise

Word Origin for rumour

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