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rumor

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noun ru·mor \ ˈrü-mər \

Definition of rumor

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

Examples of rumor in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of rumor

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

verb

Definition of rumor

rumored; rumoring
transitive verb
:to tell or spread by rumor

Examples of rumor in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of rumor from the Web

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First Known Use of rumor

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RUMOR Defined for English Language Learners

rumor

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noun

Definition of rumor for English Language Learners

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


RUMOR Defined for Kids

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rumor

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noun ru·mor \ ˈrü-mər \

Definition of rumor for Students

: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

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rumor

verb

Definition of rumor for Students

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


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