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[roo-mer] /ˈru mər/
a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts:
a rumor of war.
gossip; hearsay:
Don't listen to rumor.
Archaic. a continuous, confused noise; clamor; din.
verb (used with object)
to circulate, report, or assert by a rumor:
It is rumored that the king is dead.
Also, especially British, rumour.
1325-75; Middle English rumour < Middle French < Latin rūmor; akin to Sanskrit rāuti, rāvati (he) cries
Related forms
unrumored, adjective
1. report. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for rumours
  • But rumours of its impending demise had been greatly exaggerated.
  • rumours abound of traders hiring tankers to store their excess oil.
  • Ever since, rumours have swirled of plots and counter-plots.
  • Despite rumours of a comeback, the actor never returned to the series.
  • rumours of the debt shake the foundations of her social standing.
  • rumours started appearing of a rerelease of moving on with a predicted five new tracks.
  • This led to rumours that they could be prepared for future flights for special occasions.
Word Origin and History for rumours
late 14c., from O.Fr. rumour "widespread noise or report" (Fr. rumeur), from L. rumorem (nom. rumor) "noise, clamor, common talk, rumor," related to ravus "hoarse." The verb is recorded from 1858 in the sense "spread a rumor." Rumor mill is from 1973.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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