- 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