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

Even before Ronaldo sealed his transfer to Juventus on Tuesday, there were rumors that Madrid was looking at the possibility of signing either Neymar or Mbappe. Tales Azzoni, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid prepare for life without Ronaldo," 11 July 2018 Panay wouldn’t comment on Microsoft’s plans for the future beyond Surface Go, although there have long been rumors of a possible Microsoft handheld device, codenamed Andromeda. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future," 9 July 2018 There is a rumor going around on Facebook that Jessica Earl was found in Carroll County yesterday, THIS IS NOT TRUE! Steve Burns, ajc, "Key figure in case of missing Georgia woman surrenders, says snake bit him," 5 July 2018 There are many rumors that you and Princess Diana were once romantically involved. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Bryan Adams Denies He and Princess Diana Were Anything But Good Friends," 26 June 2018 Of course, there are always rumors about the Beckhams, who will (hopefully?) celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary on July 4. Allie Jones, The Cut, "What’s Going on With the Victoria and David Beckham Divorce Rumors?," 26 June 2018 Since the 22-year-old Torreira has been in Russia, there have been persistent rumors that he is headed to Arsenal. BostonGlobe.com, "Uruguay records third straight shutout with defeat of Russia," 25 June 2018 There have been rumors that the Sixers are interested in trading up in the draft to acquire a Top 5 talent. Ej Smith, Philly.com, "NBA mock draft roundup: Players the Sixers will pick at No. 10, according to experts," 21 June 2018 There were rumors Porter was set to join FC Cincinnati while the ever-popular USL side was making a push for MLS. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "What’s next for Orlando City after firing of coach Jason Kreis?," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His perfume Fragile Violet, rumored to be one of Naomi Campbell’s favorites, is a decadent whisper, like wearing a satin slip. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 Old-time Pearlanders wrote of Zychlinski, rumored to be a Polish nobleman, traveling the dirt streets of Pearland in a fancy surrey pulled by a pair of shiny black, high stepping horses. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Test your knowledge of Pearland area history," 19 June 2018 Apple just refreshed its line of professional laptops, a move that had been recently rumored. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018 On July 1, the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers — teams flush with cash that had been rumored to have interest in Gordon — reached deals with other free agents, diminishing their cap flexibility. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic’s Aaron Gordon contract is more team-friendly than originally reported," 7 July 2018 The Pacers have also been rumored to try and lure Aaron Gordon from the Magic in restricted free agency. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins Receives Calls from Lakers, Pelicans," 1 July 2018 Dungeons & Dragons is enjoying a renaissance of sorts and Amazon is busy making a new Lord of the Rings show that's rumored to be the most expensive television show ever made. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Matt Groening's 'Disenchantment' Gets Its First Trailer," 28 June 2018 The company had previously been rumored to have been in talks with Walmart. BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon to buy Somerville online pharmacy startup PillPack," 28 June 2018 Amazon's acquisition of PillPack marks another development in the company's rivalry with Walmart, which had been rumored to be weighing an acquisition of PillPack. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Amazon acquires online pharmacy PillPack in move into health care," 28 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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