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


rumored; rumoring

Definition of rumor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to tell or spread by rumor

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The skatepark is being managed by a company called Action Park Alliance, and there was a rumor circulating that Action Park Alliance was going to be charging daily fees. Joseph Goodman, al, 17 June 2022 That was a malicious rumor born in the fever swamps of the message board 4chan. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 25 May 2022 Shortly after that, there was a rumor that this friend would soon be moving out of state with her sister, 13 hours away. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 According to a source who spoke with Entertainment Tonight, the relationship is no longer a rumor. Glamour, 21 May 2022 However, Apple’s iPhone display design above is an unconfirmed rumor at this stage. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 May 2022 Every single day, there would be a rumor that the Ukrainian army was going to come to break through the siege. Mstyslav Chernov, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2022 Every single day, there would be a rumor that the Ukrainian army was going to come to break through the siege. NBC News, 22 Mar. 2022 Every single day, there would be a rumor that the Ukrainian army was going to come to break through the siege. Mstyslav Chernov, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Journalists too must step up, avoiding false equivalency or both-sides-ism; there is no need to give equal time to rumor mongers or conspiracy theorists simply to appear balanced. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 5 Jan. 2021 Contrary to rumor, there have been no evacuations ordered. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2020 Medvedev’s job had long been rumored to be at risk as Russia’s economy stagnated and wages shrank for five years running, helping to erode Putin’s popularity. Jake Rudnitsky,, 29 Apr. 2020 Patterson, originally out of Canada, has long been rumored to be an Oregon lean and his commitment would continue a long line of top-flight Canadian prospects winding up in Eugene., 18 Aug. 2019 The lone exception might be five-star center Moussa Cisse, who has widely been rumored to be planning a move to the 2020 class, but Kentucky is believed to be trailing other schools in his recruitment. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 15 May 2020 The exact way forward is not yet clear, but Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Tesla have all announced or are rumored to be restarting production this week or next. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2020 Some members of the national media criticized the credentials of those rumored to be joining a second White House task force focused on reopening the American economy after the coronavirus pandemic. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, 13 Apr. 2020 The Coleman deal was of keen interest to the Bruins, who were rumored to have bids in for him in recent days. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 17 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of rumor


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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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


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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