[ 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

1. report.

Related formsun·ru·mored, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rumour


US rumor

/ (ˈruːmə) /


  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


(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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Word Origin and History for rumour
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