A Downing Street spokesman denied any “crisis talks” but not the rumour itself.
Of course, the rumour was not true; she did not believe a word of it; and it was disloyal to Paul even to be annoyed by it.
The rumour of his appearance is wrapped in the larger rumour of war.
Indeed, there's a rumour flying about, and I've come down to speak with you and Lucy on the subject.
I give you the rumour as it has reached me; but I cannot, as yet, vouch for its accuracy.
He had heard a rumour by accident of our arrival, and had steamed down to the south-west end of the Lake to verify it.
They were filled with people, for the rumour of that day's proceedings had made a great noise.
He listened immobile to her step fading down the garden: he heard the rumour of her departure.
One could see a rumour begin and swell and change and increase.
But now, if this rumour were true, there had been positive dishonesty.
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.