rumor

noun
ru·​mor | \ˈrü-mər \

Definition of rumor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source

2 : a statement or report current without known authority for its truth

3 archaic : talk or report of a notable person or event

4 : a soft low indistinct sound : murmur

rumor

verb
rumored; rumoring

Definition of rumor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to tell or spread by rumor

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Examples of rumor in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

for years people have been rumoring the CEO's imminent retirement
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back in 2017, Halsey and Demi Lovato squashed rumors of a feud with one Instagram post. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande and Halsey Texting Each Other About Their Hit Songs Is #FriendshipGoals," 17 Nov. 2018 The reigning favorite among the millennial Halloween movie set is probably Hocus Pocus, with which we are perennially taunted when rumors of a sequel inevitably circulate. Vogue, "Where Your Favorite Millennial Halloween Movie Stars Are Now," 23 Oct. 2018 After hearing rumors that the building could be sold, Boesel and two other preservationists met last week with the property owner, an attorney named Philip Azar, to discuss options for maintaining the building. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Fears mount as rumors spread that Kirby Mansion close to sold," 20 June 2018 Chances of Survival This is the first storm that's knocked out communication between Earth and Opportunity, but rumors of the rover's death may be premature. National Geographic, "Mars Rover Powers Down During Dust Storm—But It's Not Dead Yet," 13 June 2018 Carmen Corado returned to her town of San Miguel Los Lotes this week after hearing rumors that remaining homes were being looted after the evacuation. Louisa Reynolds, The Christian Science Monitor, "With few choices, the poor take risk in volcano's path," 8 June 2018 Sharapova fired back before Wimbledon by bringing up rumors of Serena dating her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Serena v. Sharapova: The brief history of a burning non-rivalry," 4 June 2018 Trade rumors have swirled around Love almost without pause. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 1 score, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 31 May 2018 The latest rumor is that Ford will team up with Volkwagen in a joint self-driving car venture. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Anticipation for the new phone is high, as the OnePlus 6T is rumored to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a tiny notch. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The OnePlus 6T launch is being rescheduled to avoid colliding with Apple’s event," 19 Oct. 2018 Just when the world finally recovered from royal wedding fever, the hysterics may flare up again, as Meghan Markle’s bridal gown is rumored to be headed for public display at Windsor Castle. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle’s wedding dress may be displayed at Windsor Castle," 21 Aug. 2018 Before Miami Heat fans get too excited about the prospect of King James returning to Miami for real — as has been rumored — the Cleveland Cavaliers star was spotted playing in the gym of Christopher Columbus High School. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "LeBron James returns to Miami. Cool off, Heat fans. It was to a high school gym.," 23 June 2018 After Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were caught kissing in New York earlier this week, Shawn Mendes was asked to weigh in on the potential couple in a new interview -- seeing as Mendes was rumored to be dating Baldwin just last month. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes Weighs In on Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin Dating Rumors," 19 June 2018 When, as rumored, AMD (amd, +2.22%) introduced its second generation Threadripper, now with 32 cores, a few hours later nearly every publication also mentioned Intel’s upcoming 28 core model as well. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Intel May Have Mislead Video Gamers With a New Chip Demonstration," 8 June 2018 Perhaps the staff friction that consumed the Bulldogs in the final year of Mark Richt's tenure wasn't as corrosive as it was rumored to be. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Mystery, intrigue still surround Alabama DC's time at Georgia," 7 Jan. 2018 That’s rumored to start in 2020 or thereabouts, which seems to line up with a hypothetical game development timeline. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft acquires CRPG heavyweights Obsidian and InXile," 10 Nov. 2018 So who is exactly is Emilia’s rumored new boyfriend? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Who is Emilia Clarke's Rumored New Boyfriend, Charlie McDowell?," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of rumor

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rumor

Noun

Middle English rumour, from Anglo-French, from Latin rumor clamor, gossip; akin to Old English rēon to lament, Sanskrit rauti he roars

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rumor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rumor

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

rumor

noun
ru·​mor | \ˈrü-mər \

Kids Definition of rumor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: information or a story that is passed from one person to another but has not been proven to be true and has no known source

rumor

verb
rumored; rumoring

Kids Definition of rumor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spread information or a story that has not been proven to be true

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