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

More recently, there were rumors that Trump’s daughter Ivanka was interested in Rat Island, 2 1/2 acres off City Island in the Bronx, according to Roland Veit, a coffee trader who became one of its two owners. James Barron, BostonGlobe.com, "He’s spent just one night on his private island. He’s had enough," 2 July 2019 And there are several more huge homer hombres who haven’t yet surfaced in the Derby rumor mill: Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Moustakas, Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman… the list goes on. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Home Run Derby Field Looks Loaded," 2 July 2019 This all means the rumor mill is in full swing as speculation rises over where the top free agents will sign. Allen Kim, CNN, "Where all the top 2019 NBA free agents may sign this summer," 27 June 2019 After Sunday's race, one journalist -- Motorsport's David Malsher -- asked the biggest name in the Silly Season rumor mill if a show of strength like that one would have an effect on where Rossi ends up driving next year. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Alexander Rossi's Road America beatdown baffles Penske's podium finishers," 23 June 2019 The entire rumor mill is really just a pile of junk, with only a few odd kernels to be trusted, but now that Durant faces the prospect of missing an entire season, the Knicks need to look elsewhere on the market. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury: Shock waves hit NBA free agency and beyond," 11 June 2019 Givens also shot down the rumor that Pitt had been fearful facing off with her heavyweight ex in the driveway. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Robin Givens talks Brad Pitt hook-up rumors, calls Howard Stern 'a wonderful lover'," 10 June 2019 While the guest list is still unknown, there are rumors that Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, Jessica Mulroney, and Misha Nonoo were in attendance. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Likely Reason Why Kate Middleton Wasn't at Meghan Markle's Baby Shower," 19 Feb. 2019 Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter quashed right-wing rumors that her Iranian-American husband’s best man was the son of Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Lee Smith, WSJ, "What if the FBI Had Probed Obama?," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mark Zuckerberg was rumored for a while to be considering a run for president. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Tom Steyer — please, don’t run for president," 9 July 2019 Rudy Crew, president of a New York City college who left Oregon after a rocky year as the state’s inaugural chief education officer, was rumored this week to be exiting his position at the college. oregonlive.com, "Contrary to previous reports, Medgar Evers College president former education czar Rudy Crew is staying put in New York college presidency," 6 July 2019 Proved Being Bossy Isn’t Bad Elaine’s pushiness, both physically and socially, is rumored to have been based on a friend and ex-girlfriend of Seinfeld’s. Farah Joan Fard, Marie Claire, "After 30 Years, We Still Owe Elaine From 'Seinfeld' So Much," 2 July 2019 But the Paris celebration was long rumored to be taking place this month, and Dr. Phil accidentally revealed in an Instagram comment that the ceremony was happening this weekend. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner marries Joe Jonas (again) in Paris," 29 June 2019 Sigourney Weaver is also rumored to return as Dana Barrett. Justin Kroll, chicagotribune.com, "Paul Rudd joins ‘Ghostbusters 2020’," 27 June 2019 Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are also rumored to be getting married there this weekend. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Airbnb Just Launched Luxe—Making Castles, Villas, & More Available For Rent Worldwide," 27 June 2019 Similar product changes were first rumored earlier this year. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Project Veritas’ YouTube sting was deeply misleading — and successful," 27 June 2019 DeLarverie is even rumored to have thrown the first punch at an arresting officer, though that claim has been questioned since her death in 2014. Nick Ramsey, NBC News, "Drag's 'power of rebellion' is keeping Stonewall legacy alive," 26 June 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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