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 The No Way Home credits scene featuring Venom is only a rumor at this point. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Oct. 2021 The offense was largely a rumor after a sweet first-possession TD drive. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Oct. 2021 The British Empire is a distant memory, Judi Dench is much missed and contemporary geopolitics are a faint rumor. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Most still thought Addison's attendance was merely a rumor. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 14 Sep. 2021 Matthew McConaughey's potential 2022 gubernatorial run is still a rumor, but on Saturday Texans saw the actor reach out to his would-be contender. Madalyn Mendoza, Chron, 23 Aug. 2021 The return of low-rise jeans is no longer a rumor, and Teyana Taylor’s latest look is proof. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 28 July 2021 There's a rumor among our cast that the Goliath tribe had decided to select Nick instead of me, but Mike called an audible and chose me instead when Jeff asked. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 8 July 2021 One of the most interesting stories in this field was the rumor which New Scientist journalist Justin Mullins heard about a bizarre new weapon supposedly being developed in the New Mexico desert back in the 1980s. David Hambling, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Journalists too must step up, avoiding false equivalency or both-sides-ism; there is no need to give equal time to rumor mongers or conspiracy theorists simply to appear balanced. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 5 Jan. 2021 Contrary to rumor, there have been no evacuations ordered. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2020 Medvedev’s job had long been rumored to be at risk as Russia’s economy stagnated and wages shrank for five years running, helping to erode Putin’s popularity. Jake Rudnitsky, Bloomberg.com, 29 Apr. 2020 Patterson, originally out of Canada, has long been rumored to be an Oregon lean and his commitment would continue a long line of top-flight Canadian prospects winding up in Eugene. oregonlive.com, 18 Aug. 2019 The lone exception might be five-star center Moussa Cisse, who has widely been rumored to be planning a move to the 2020 class, but Kentucky is believed to be trailing other schools in his recruitment. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 15 May 2020 The exact way forward is not yet clear, but Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Tesla have all announced or are rumored to be restarting production this week or next. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2020 Some members of the national media criticized the credentials of those rumored to be joining a second White House task force focused on reopening the American economy after the coronavirus pandemic. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, 13 Apr. 2020 The Coleman deal was of keen interest to the Bruins, who were rumored to have bids in for him in recent days. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Feb. 2020

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

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“Rumor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rumor. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for rumor

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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