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

Fast forward to October 1994 and a similar rumor began circulating. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family," 13 July 2018 After her 1993 Oscar for My Cousin Vinny became the object of controversy (a now-debunked rumor held that it had been awarded by mistake), Tomei went on to earn two more Oscar nominations, for In the Bedroom in 2002 and The Wrestler in 2009. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "Marisa Tomei Knows What’s She’s Worth," 3 July 2018 Several more residents had packed up and fled Ohio that night, after a rumor spread that ICE was also planning to raid the trailer park. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018 Some of it was extrapolation from a rumor or someone’s rather prejudiced account. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Downton Abbey Creator Says He Doesn't Think The Crown's Season 2 'Was Fair to Prince Philip'," 28 June 2018 There’s a rumor from Android Police that says the company is throwing caution to the wind and putting five cameras on its new phone, a device that will surely succeed where last year’s V30’s (and its V35 variant’s) paltry three cameras did not. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "LG says screw everything, we’re doing five cameras for the V40," 26 June 2018 The 2016 RX-Vision concept—unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show—gave credence to a salacious rumor: that a dedicated band of engineers with nothing to lose are still developing the next great rotary engine, somewhere in a Hiroshima skunkworks. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "​​The Evolution of the Combustion Engine​​," 5 June 2018 There are even rumors that Microsoft’s core operating platform, Windows, may become open-source. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "What You Should Know About GitHub—And Why Microsoft Is Expected to Buy It," 4 June 2018 With the trade deadline 19 days away, Franco has been at the center of the rumors, both directly and indirectly. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Maikel Franco making a play to stay | Extra Innings," 12 July 2018

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As rumored, actress Sanaa Lathan is the alleged culprit, Haddish confirmed today, ending at least one national nightmare in which a Beyoncé biter moved through our midst anonymously. Bridget Read, Vogue, "We Finally Know Who Bit Beyoncé," 13 June 2018 Smart money rumored a game set in Ancient Rome, and sure enough Paradox revealed Imperator: Rome at the annual PdxCon 2018—plus Age of Wonders: Planetfall, a slate of expansions, and...board games? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "PdxCon 2018: Paradox reveals Imperator Rome, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and board games," 19 May 2018 Cable tycoon John Malone, who holds major stakes in Charter Communications and Discovery Inc., is also rumored to be looking to scoop up regional sports networks while wandering the grounds, according to the Wall Street Journal. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Billionaire summer camp begins in Sun Valley," 11 July 2018 Ferrari is also rumored to be working on an all-electric model. NBC News, "Luxury electric cars lure buyers on performance, not the planet," 9 July 2018 Aside from James, George may be the best player on the market this summer, and a partnership between the two on the Lakers had been rumored for some time leading into free agency. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: Live Blog," 29 June 2018 Apple had previously been rumored to be working on a self-driving car, but the company is now believed to be investing its time and resources in self-driving car technology that automakers would bundle in their vehicles. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Has Poached a Waymo Engineer for Its Self-Driving Car Work," 18 June 2018 Though the location hasn’t been disclosed, the Canadian resort where the royal couple was rumored to be vacationing denied that Harry and Meghan had booked a stay there. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Secretly Squeezed in a 2-Week Honeymoon," 11 June 2018 The development calls for 289 apartments, two retail buildings and a 50,000 square foot grocery that, for the last 18 months, has been rumored as Publix. Bill Banks, ajc, "Vote on controversial East Decatur project delayed until June 4," 21 May 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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