Rumor meaning

ro͝omər
The definition of a rumor is gossip, or a story that is not confirmed but is being discussed.

An example of a rumor is a friend telling you something they heard about a new movie coming out.

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Unverified information received from another; hearsay.
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General talk not based on definite knowledge; mere gossip; hearsay.
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A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
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An unconfirmed report, story, or statement in general circulation.
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To spread or tell by rumor.
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Fame.
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Loud protest, clamor, etc.
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To tell, report, or spread by rumor or as a rumor.
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(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.

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(uncountable) Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.

They say he used to be a thief, but that's just rumor.

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(usually used in the passive voice) To tell a rumor about; to gossip.

John is rumored to be next in line for a promotion.

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Origin of rumor

  • Middle English rumour from Old French from Latin rūmor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English rumour, from Latin rÅ«mor (“common talk").

    From Wiktionary