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[roo-mer] /ˈru mər/
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.
Origin of rumor
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English rumour < Middle French < Latin rūmor; akin to Sanskrit rāuti, rāvati (he) cries
Related forms
unrumored, adjective
Synonyms
1. report.
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rumor

n.

late 14c., from Old French rumor "commotion, widespread noise or report" (Modern French rumeur), from Latin rumorem (nominative rumor) "noise, clamor, common talk, hearsay, popular opinion," related to ravus "hoarse," from PIE *reu- "to bellow." Related: Rumorous. Rumor mill is from 1887. Dutch rumoer, German Rumor are from French.

v.

1590s, "spread a rumor; spread by way of rumor," from rumor (n.). Related: Rumored; rumoring.

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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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