rumor

[roo-mer]
noun
1.
a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts: a rumor of war.
2.
gossip; hearsay: Don't listen to rumor.
3.
Archaic. a continuous, confused noise; clamor; din.
verb (used with object)
4.
to circulate, report, or assert by a rumor: It is rumored that the king is dead.
Also, especially British, rumour.


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English rumour < Middle French < Latin rūmor; akin to Sanskrit rāuti, rāvati (he) cries

unrumored, adjective


1. report.
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rumour or (US) rumor (ˈruːmə)
 
n
1.  a.  information, often a mixture of truth and untruth, passed around verbally
 b.  (in combination): a rumour-monger
2.  gossip or hearsay
3.  archaic din or clamour
4.  obsolete fame or reputation
 
vb
5.  (tr; usually passive) to pass around or circulate in the form of a rumour: it is rumoured that the Queen is coming
6.  literary to make or cause to make a murmuring noise
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin rūmor common talk; related to Old Norse rymja to roar, Sanskrit rāut he cries]
 
rumor or (US) rumor
 
n
 
vb
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin rūmor common talk; related to Old Norse rymja to roar, Sanskrit rāut he cries]

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rumor
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.
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Example sentences
Rumor has it that the presence of snacks attracts more people to a talk.
The generally accepted rumor is that the name is slang for moonshine.
Rumor has it you're as sharp as a great white's teeth.
Keep a special eye out for a pesky poltergeist: rumor has it that he's knocked
  over a tripod or two.
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