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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.
Origin of rumor
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. 2015.
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  • Idle rumors were also added to well-founded apprehensions.
  • Correct information was difficult to get, and rumors of all sorts filled the air.
  • For some time rumors had been afloat that the great attempt would soon be made.
  • Of the external world, of the society in which he lives, he apprehends only legends and rumors.
  • In the years since, conflicting rumors had circulated about the objects.
  • rumors spread that the music itself could cause mental illness.
  • Alas, she soon found that the nasty rumors about him were all too true.
  • Suppose such an emergency were compounded by enemy-inspired rumors.
  • And rumors persist that belly dancers are somehow involved.
  • Sadly for the potential fate of human civilization, rumors of the demise of climate change have been much exaggerated.
Word Origin and History for rumors



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.


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

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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