- rumour (UK, Commonwealth, International)
Middle English rumour, from the Latin rumor, common talk.
- (countable) A statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.
- There's a rumor going round that he's going to get married.
- (uncountable) Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.
- They say he used to be a thief, but that's just rumor.
statement or claim from no known reliable source
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- (transitive, usually used in the passive voice) To tell a rumor about; to gossip.
- John is rumored to be next in line for a promotion.
Proto-Indo-European *rAwə- (“to shout, to roar”)
- AHD: r′ -mŏr
- Rumour, rumor.