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

unrumored, adjective

1. report. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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