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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
Recent Examples on the Web
An uneven first season saw Ahsoka team up with some of her fellow Ghost crew resistance fighters, like Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren and New Republic General Hera Syndulla, to investigate rumors that former Imperial commander Grand Admiral Thrawn was poised to return as heir to the Empire. Megan McCluskey, TIME, 31 May 2024 On May 13 at the family’s farm, Ralph Kaehler put to bed rumors about solar panels being easily breakable, by pounding on one with his palm. Noah Fish, Twin Cities, 27 May 2024
It’s rumored to come with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB of storage, in addition to a 1080p OLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate. Emma Roth, The Verge, 29 May 2024 The WorldPay process generated lots of interest, especially among private equity firms, with Advent International rumored to be in the running. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 15 May 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 17 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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