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

There had even been rumors that Pochettino was set to resign. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Tottenham Recaptures Some of Last Season's Form Against Arsenal," 1 Sep. 2019 After conspiracy theories and rumors about her death spread, a 2006 investigation by British police deemed the crash an accident and that the car's driver, Henri Paul, was driving intoxicated. Saffeya Ahmed, CNN, "Celebrities and fans honor Princess Diana's death, more than two decades later," 31 Aug. 2019 There are rumors of a Type R with well over 600 horsepower on the way. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Red-carpet rockets: Is 500 hp now theadmission price to supercar club?," 30 Aug. 2019 There have been rumors of new separatist communities springing up elsewhere. Rina Raphael, New York Times, "Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Live in This Perfect Place?," 24 Aug. 2019 There were rumors swirling around that Taylor had a song on ‘Lover’ called DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS (written with Jack Antonoff) inspired by my film. Mary J. Dimeglio, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Calls Rom-Com Inspiration Behind 'Lover' Song the 'Most Meta Thing That's Ever Happened to Me'," 23 Aug. 2019 There's also a rumor that Bette Midler will appear as a guest star on the show. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's New Dark-Comedy "The Politician"," 22 Aug. 2019 Although there was a rumor that the car company was planning to offer it soon, Porsche’s CEO told TechCrunch that over 80 percent of its car’s owners own an iPhone in the US, suggesting that Android support might not be much of a priority. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Porsche’s Taycan will be the first car with a built-in Apple Music app," 20 Aug. 2019 Over a year after Holmes has separated from Cruise, rumors about a new relationship start when Holmes and Foxx are spotted at the same event in the Hamptons. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s Rumored Relationship," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also rumored to attend is Harry Shearer, the noted comedian and actor. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "'Gimme Some (More) Money': Spinal Tap Bass Legend Derek Smalls Releases Hilarious New Music Video," 3 Sep. 2019 The Eagles were also rumored to want in the mix for Clowney if the Texans put him on the trade block, as were the Redskins and the Jets. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Report: Seahawks Are 'Deep' in Talks for Texans' Jadeveon Clowney," 31 Aug. 2019 Rival Impossible is rumored to be planning an IPO as well. David Goldman, CNN, "KFC will start testing Beyond Meat fried chicken," 26 Aug. 2019 Fresh footage from the film is rumored to be unveiled at the D23 Expo. James Hibberd, EW.com, "All the Star Wars TV shows and movies in the works," 23 Aug. 2019 The 22-year-old model, who is Steve's stepdaughter, is rumored to be dating 49-year-old rapper P. Diddy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Lays Down the "Truth” About His Marriage on His Wife Marjorie’s Instagram," 16 Aug. 2019 Semushkin himself was rumored to have spread gonorrhea. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 Previously, according to a Bloomberg report, the company was rumored to be planning to raise over $3.5 billion with its IPO. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "5 Things to Watch For as You Read WeWork’s IPO Filing," 14 Aug. 2019 Reese, Jennifer, and Steve are rumored to play co-anchors on a daily news show, but the roles of the other actors in the series have not yet been revealed. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's 'The Morning Show' Looks Seriously Intense," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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