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
Idle rumors were also added to well-founded apprehensions.
Correct information was difficult to get, and rumors of all sorts filled the
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.
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