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

After years of rumors, the company is reportedly ready to unveil its first foldable-screen phone. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung may be plotting a Galaxy S10 blitz with 5G, folding screens...and no headphone jack," 26 Oct. 2018 Here are all of the rumors coming out of Princess Eugenie's wedding receptions so far: Jack's speech about Princess Eugenie made everyone cry. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rumors From Inside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Party," 13 Oct. 2018 And that’s to say nothing of rumors of off-screen drama between series creator Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga. Karen Han, Vox, "True Detective season 3 premieres January 13. Here’s everything we know so far.," 12 Oct. 2018 Apple's self-driving program has been the stuff of rumor for years, ranging from an electric car to not building a car at all, and just focusing on software. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Apple Employee Charged With Stealing Self-Driving Tech," 11 July 2018 There will be an array of rumors circulating in the news media this weekend about the identity of the president’s choice for the crucial Supreme Court position opened up by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Don’t Believe Any SCOTUS Rumors: Trump Wants Suspense Before Another Reality-Show Reveal," 6 July 2018 July will bring plenty of trade rumors as the Phillies prove to be contenders for a playoff spot. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies climb atop NL East with blowout win over Pirates," 6 July 2018 Despite having signed an eight-year, $160 million contract extension after his near-MVP 2011 season, Kemp was frequently the subject of trade rumors under the old regime of Ned Colletti. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Matt Kemp Shed Weight, Ego and Injury to Thrive for the Club He Never Wanted to Leave," 4 July 2018 That increases the chance that all of these rumors could come to nothing. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "New Leak Offers Details About Microsoft's Folding Pocket Computer, 'Andromeda'," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Apparently, Kylie thinks the father rumors about Tim are ridiculous. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "8 Facts About Kylie Jenner's Super Hot Bodyguard, Tim Chung," 9 May 2018 Celebrities including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Katie Holmes, and Adriana Lima are also rumored to be in the movie version of the Met Gala, Just Jared previously reported. Neha Prakash, Glamour, "The Ocean's 8 Cast Totally Stole the Met Gala 2018 Red Carpet," 7 May 2018 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

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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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