rumor

noun
ru·​mor | \ ˈrü-mər How to pronounce rumor (audio) \

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 Without being able to read the internet or newspapers regularly, watch TV or be around people in the know, many campers only hear rumors and fears. oregonlive, "Coronavirus questions abound in homeless camps. Multnomah County launches effort to prevent outbreak there.," 14 Mar. 2020 With the outbreak of Covid-19 in Iran, rumors and unscientific treatments on how to fight the virus have spread on social media. Somayeh Malekian, ABC News, "27 killed by alcohol poisoning in Iran trying to protect themselves from coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020 Coleman’s off-kilter, game-winning, Sooner-soul-sapping banked 3 felt like a reward for how Texas has weathered a season rife with rumors and injuries and gut-wrenching Ls. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "After being humbled by Iowa State, Texas seeks sixth straight win," 6 Mar. 2020 Schonfeld says to avoid sharing rumors or sensationalistic information, and to refrain from bringing politics or personal beliefs into the situation. Aj Willingham, CNN, "How to talk to children about the coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 Alex Ronan investigates what happened to Weaver, the campus response to rumors and confirmation of Weaver’s pregnancy, and how her community reckoned with questions of blame and responsibility before and after the baby’s discovery. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 17 Jan. 2020 Brinkley later took to Instagram to share a series of photos showing her bruised elbow and swollen wrist, dispelling any rumors of the injury not being real. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Christie Brinkley Says Her 'DWTS' Injury is 'Worse Than I Thought'," 5 Dec. 2019 While Erwin's order was in effect, unsubstantiated rumors and innuendo about the case proliferated online, and news outlets, including the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, wrote to the court asking that the order be lifted in favor of transparency. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "4th judge assigned in Arkansas ex-senator's death case," 28 Nov. 2019 In October 2018, two PhD students were stoned to death in the Amhara region of the country, due to false rumor of administering injections and vaccinations as population control measures. Yoseph Y. Getachew, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s inability to protect its ethnic minorities is the biggest obstacle to peace," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In both chess and baseball, both real and rumored instances of cheating have been around for decades, but an explosion in technology and data over the past 10 to 15 years has made the problem much harder to curb for both. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Think Cheating in Baseball Is Bad? Try Chess," 15 Mar. 2020 Sermon did not announce a timeline for declaring his next destination, although Ohio State is rumored to be a possibility. Spenser Davis, Dallas News, "Oklahoma RB Trey Sermon announces he will leave program as grad transfer," 14 Mar. 2020 Toffoli, rumored to be coming to Boston at the trade deadline, or summertime, for two years, beat Jaroslav Halak twice in the third. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Canucks take advantage of road-weary Bruins and other observations," 23 Feb. 2020 That the disease is rumored to have originated from people eating bat soup, a dish so many find disgusting, doesn’t help matters. Spencer Case, National Review, "Escape from Wuhan," 20 Feb. 2020 As of now, neither Tana nor Logan have said anything about their possible lunch date, but Logan is rumored to be dating model Josie Canseco. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "Tana Mongeau was Spotted Getting a Kiss From Jake Paul’s Brother Logan," 18 Feb. 2020 Ryanair and Delta both were rumored to have made offers to buy large stakes of the defaulting airline in 2017, but both deals fell through. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Italy Tourism Is Booming, Yet Its Airlines Can Barely Stay Afloat," 13 Feb. 2020 The discord unfolded as Sheriff Craig Roberts is rumored to be considering a run for county chair against his former ally, incumbent county chair Jim Bernard. oregonlive, "Concordia University will close Portland campus; student plans suit: Morning Briefing for Tuesday, Feb. 11," 11 Feb. 2020 For all the Tagovailoa smoke and south Florida rumoring about Stafford’s future in Detroit, the Lions are still incredibly likely to draft defense in Round 1. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions are 'two good pieces away' from contending: Here's why that's not crazy," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of rumor was in the 14th century

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21 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rumor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rumor. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for rumor

rumor

noun
How to pronounce rumor (audio)

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 How to pronounce rumor (audio) \

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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