Alan wondered if his coworkers were spreading rumors about him or if he was just being paranoid.
An example of a rumor is a friend telling you something they heard about a new movie coming out.
- general talk not based on definite knowledge; mere gossip; hearsay
- an unconfirmed report, story, or statement in general circulation
- Archaic fame
- Obs. loud protest, clamor, etc.
Origin of rumorMiddle English rumour from Old French from Classical Latin rumor, noise from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form reu-, to roar, grumble from source rune, Old English reotan, to complain
- A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
- Unverified information received from another; hearsay.
transitive verbru·mored, ru·mor·ing, ru·mors
Origin of rumorMiddle English rumour from Old French from Latin rūmor
(countable and uncountable, plural rumors)
- (countable) A statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.
- There's a rumor going round that he's going to get married.
- (uncountable) Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.
- They say he used to be a thief, but that's just rumor.
(third-person singular simple present rumors, present participle rumoring, simple past and past participle rumored)
- (usually used in the passive voice) To tell a rumor about; to gossip.
- John is rumored to be next in line for a promotion.