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 As a result, the Reds have popped up in a lot of trade and free agent rumors. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds have flexibility to make different moves as GM Meetings begin," 11 Nov. 2019 After rumors about this possibility for the last several expansions, Blizzard has finally followed through on a level crunch. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "World of Warcraft: Shadowlands impressions: Leveling alts is about to get a lot more fun," 10 Nov. 2019 All of this hanging out will certainly do nothing to quash all those reboot rumors. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Every Time the Friends Cast Reunited and Melted Our Hearts," 9 Nov. 2019 When rumors picked up that Sessions may run for his old seat, Trump expressed unhappiness at the prospect and mused about campaigning against his former friend, the people said. Kim Chandler, chicagotribune.com, "Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces he wants to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama," 7 Nov. 2019 Its four paragraphs, published in The New York Times, were a matter of expediency: The paper had just confirmed long-standing rumors that the comedian had, on several occasions, masturbated in front of unwilling female colleagues. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Apology," 7 Nov. 2019 The split followed rumors that Hunter had welcomed a baby with his longtime mistress. Essence, "We Weren't Ready! 43 Celebrity Breakups We Never Saw Coming," 6 Nov. 2019 There might be some amorous activities or rumors thereof going on in the workplace that create awkward situations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 6, 2019: Happy birthday Michael Cerveris; Pisces, avoid unwise investments," 6 Nov. 2019 In a new memoir, Whitney Houston’s childhood best friend Robyn Crawford has confirmed long-standing rumors that the two were lovers. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Robyn Crawford Confirms She Had a Romantic Relationship With Whitney Houston," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It's been rumored in the past that the two didn't always see eye to eye, and in Lady in Waiting, Glenconner confirms this. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother Had a "Slightly Strained Relationship," Former Aide Reveals," 13 Nov. 2019 Just last week, it was rumored that Kate may be venturing into TV, following a meeting with the BBC. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Codebreakers Poppy Brooch Paid Tribute to Her Grandmother," 11 Nov. 2019 Since the trade war with the US began in mid-2018, it had been rumored that opposition to the Chinese president was growing behind closed doors. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China's top political body met in secret and issued an ominous message to Hong Kong," 1 Nov. 2019 A decade later, his Dino explored the life of Dean Martin with reportorial detail and literary language, and it was once rumored to be a Martin Scorsese film, with Tom Hanks attached to star. Jim Merlis, Billboard, "Remembering Nick Tosches, Biographer of Jerry Lee Lewis Who Explored the Lurid Side of Pop Music," 23 Oct. 2019 Plot details are currently unknown and while it was rumored a young Morpheus could appear in the movie, sources close to the film would not confirm Abdul-Mateen's specific role. Justin Kroll, chicagotribune.com, "‘Matrix 4’: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II lands lead role in Lana Wachowski’s Matrix series," 10 Oct. 2019 It was rumored last year that the singer had reportedly turned down the halftime show but the rumors were never confirmed. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Rihanna Explains Why She Turned Down NFL Superbowl Halftime Show," 9 Oct. 2019 During his initial recruitment, he was widely rumored to be an Oregon Ducks lean, joining the commitment group chat and having artwork made to announce his commitment late in the recruiting process. oregonlive, "Devon Williams, USC transfer and reported Oregon State pledge, commits to Oregon Ducks," 27 Sep. 2019 As for the former voice in Giuliani’s head, it was rumored to be applying for a position inside Kellyanne Conway’s head. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "In Major Shakeup, One of the Voices in Rudy Giuliani’s Head Resigns," 21 Sep. 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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15 Nov 2019

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

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rumor

noun
How to pronounce rumor (audio)

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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