noun ru·mor \ˈrü-mər\

: information or a story that is passed from person to person but has not been proven to be true

Full Definition of RUMOR

:  talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source
:  a statement or report current without known authority for its truth
archaic :  talk or report of a notable person or event
:  a soft low indistinct sound :  murmur

Examples of RUMOR

  1. There are rumors that they are making a new film.
  2. She accused him of starting rumors about her.
  3. Ever since his sudden resignation, rumors have been flying.
  4. I heard a rumor that they broke up.
  5. Did you hear that they broke up? That's just a rumor.
  6. The rumor turned out to be false.
  7. You can't fire him solely based on rumor.
  8. Rumor has it that they broke up.

Origin of RUMOR

Middle English rumour, from Anglo-French, from Latin rumor clamor, gossip; akin to Old English rēon to lament, Sanskrit rauti he roars
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of RUMOR

transitive verb
:  to tell or spread by rumor

Examples of RUMOR

  1. <for years people have been rumoring the CEO's imminent retirement>

First Known Use of RUMOR



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