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

On Monday, the new mayor attempted to make the case that her remarks were taken out of context, while also insisting the source of the rumor was a credible one. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Lightfoot downplays police union rumor she repeated, Obama Center's fate on the line and other things to know to start your day," 11 June 2019 We’ve been surrounded for nearly five days, almost out of ammunition, with rumors that the invasion has failed, that we are done for. Ron Grossman, Houston Chronicle, "IN THEIR OWN WORDS," 9 June 2019 The rumors of Xbox Scarlett, the next-generation of Xbox consoles, are rampant, but there's no telling if the company will be ready to reveal an actual console. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Here's what you need to know about E3 2019," 7 June 2019 Maybe the rumors are true, and Houston, along with the Jets, is chasing Eagles personnel man Joe Douglas. Conor Orr, SI.com, "In a Stunning, Unexpected Move, Texans Fire GM Brian Gaine," 7 June 2019 Update, 4/25/2019: Steel yourselves, The Office fans, because rumors that the beloved show will soon be gone from Netflix are back — but this time, there are more substantial claims to back them up. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'The Office' Really Leaving Netflix? NBC Might Finally Be Pulling the Show," 25 Apr. 2019 Nvidia didn’t announce a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti today, but rumors of one have been swirling. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 is a $150 graphics card built to plug-and-play in any PC," 23 Apr. 2019 Just like with anyone else, cheating rumors can be hurtful and potentially damaging to the relationship. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Responded to Internet Cheating Prank About Travis Scott," 6 Dec. 2018 Center Dwight Howard is off to the Brooklyn Nets; rumors are strong that star point guard Kemba Walker could be next. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Position-less hoops could allow MSU's Miles Bridges to flourish in NBA," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many of the show's announcements are leaked or rumored beforehand and those should all be confirmed or dispelled by the time E3 proper begins next week. Steve Watts, CBS News, "E3 2019: Video game industry readies for its major annual showcase," 3 June 2019 The Suite Life and Home Alone stars — who starred in the comedy-drama Changeland with Seth Green — were rumored to be dating back in September 2017, and now are officially together. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018 And Samsung is rumored to be preparing a device with a flexible screen: something that can fold up but unfold to provide a seamless tablet-like experience. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Intel is preparing for a dual-screen computer future," 18 Oct. 2018 After the one size fits all X, iOS users might be looking forward to the announcement of phones that are rumored to come in 5.8-, 6.1-, and 6.5-inch sizes. Teen Vogue, "Every iPhone Rumor We’ve Heard This Year," 7 Sep. 2018 And even before Vogel was fired, the Magic were rumored to have significant interest in Toronto Raptors G-League coach Jerry Stackhouse and Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic could have interest in Kelvin Sampson for coaching job," 16 May 2018 There’s been another shakeup in President Trump’s administration, and while it has been rumored and hinted at for months, the shock at the latest departure is no less resonant. Rachel King, Fortune, "Read the State Department's Response to President Trump Replacing Rex Tillerson With Mike Pompeo," 13 Mar. 2018 Still, there is time: The film will have a major presence at SXSW — a screening is rumored, although nothing is official — and will get heavy placement on March Madness basketball games. Ray Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Matters in Hollywood Today," 9 Mar. 2018 The 27-year-old was seemingly angling for a move last year when Manchester City were rumored to be interested and is thought to want to leave London. SI.com, "Report: Man United Confident Over Toby Alderweireld Signing," 9 Mar. 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 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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