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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However, as today's release goes to show, the report was in fact just a rumor. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Zayn and Zhavia Ward’s Version of "A Whole New World" From Disney’s Live-Action "Aladdin" Has Arrived," 9 May 2019 There were rumors that it might be called Shatterhand, an alias that classic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld once used in the novel You Only Live Twice, but producers shot that down. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Bond 25: Everything We Know About the New James Bond Movie," 25 Apr. 2019 There were rumors that Daenerys [played by Emilia Clarke] and Jon were made to look like each other as their characters got closer. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Costume Designer Michele Clapton Spills Her Season 8 Secrets," 8 Apr. 2019 While there were initially rumors that season 5 was intended to be the show's last, creator Steven Knight confirmed in May 2018 that there was still more Shelby drama to come. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Peaky Blinders Season 5: Everything We Know So Far," 7 Apr. 2019 First, there were rumors that Mark Harmon (who plays Gibbs) or Sean Murray (AKA McGee) was leaving. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Just Dropped a Major Bombshell About Ducky's Future," 27 Mar. 2019 Competition can be very tough, dealing with challenges in the press, and also, users were unhappy, and false rumors being spread, and those are all part of doing business in China. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 It's happened before to Robin, who originally shut down the rumors back in August of 2018 via Twitter. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Is Robin Roberts Leaving 'GMA'? The Truth Behind Those Skincare Ads You Keep Seeing," 27 Mar. 2019 But on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Chopra succinctly shut those rumors down. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Is Not Here for Those Meghan Markle Feud Rumors," 25 Mar. 2019

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In contrast, Meghan was rumored to want a home birth, harkening back to a much older royal tradition (all four of the Queen's children were born at home), though that was never officially confirmed. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Birth to Her Son Archie in a Hospital, Despite Rumors of a Home Birth," 8 May 2019 If Zac Efron has been your celebrity crush since High School Musical premiered in 2006, you might be slightly devastated to know that the actor is rumored to be off the market these days. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Zac Efron's Love Life," 6 Mar. 2019 Rather than moving there for an extended period of time as was previously rumored, the royals are reportedly planning a short trip, along with Baby Sussex. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Planning Royal Tour of Africa with Baby Sussex in Fall 2019," 28 Apr. 2019 Celebrity News Issa Rae’s costars were just as shocked—and excited—about her (rumored) engagement as the rest of us were. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Issa Rae’s Insecure Costars Basically Just Confirmed Her Engagement," 1 Apr. 2019 For the latter role, the perfect shade of red was rumored to have taken Kidman and director Baz Luhrmann multiple tries to get right. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Nicole Kidman’s New Hair Color Is the Ultimate Moulin Rouge Throwback," 21 Mar. 2019 And shortly after her baby is rumored to be due, Carrie will embark on her Cry Pretty 360 Tour. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Reveals the Stitches in Her Face Made It 'Physically Impossible to Sing'," 11 Nov. 2018 It's rumored that Norah's co-star John Dickerson is poised to take on a new role at 60 Minutes. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'CBS This Morning' Viewers Are Wondering What Happened to Norah O'Donnell," 26 Mar. 2019 It's rumored that the two dated from 2008 to 2011, starting their romance when Kylie was 12. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 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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