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ru·​mor ˈrü-mər How to pronounce rumor (audio)
: talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source
: a statement or report current without known authority for its truth
archaic : talk or report of a notable person or event
: a soft low indistinct sound : murmur


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rumored; rumoring

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
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She’s rumored to have dated Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, John Travolta and Roman Polanski. Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 It is rumored that Luke Thompson, who starred as Benedict Bridgerton, is dating Harriet Cains, who played Philipa Featherington, in real life. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rumor 

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Word History



Middle English rumour, from Anglo-French, from Latin rumor clamor, gossip; akin to Old English rēon to lament, Sanskrit rauti he roars

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1548, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rumor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ru·​mor ˈrü-mər How to pronounce rumor (audio)
: a widely held opinion having no known source : hearsay
: a statement or story that is in circulation but has not been proved to be true


2 of 2 verb
rumored; rumoring
: to tell by rumor : spread a rumor

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