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From Old French rumeur, from Latin rūmor (common talk), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *rewH- (to shout, to roar).



rumour (countable and uncountable, plural rumours)

  1. Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland spelling of rumor
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 16]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      Rumour had it (though not proved) that she descended from the house of the lords Talbot de Malahide
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, “1/1/2”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      There were rumours, new rumours every morning, delightful and outrageous rumours, so that the lumps in the porridge were swallowed without comment and the fish-cakes were eaten without contumely.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 26:
      Dame Rumour outstrides me yet again.
  2. (obsolete) A prolonged, indistinct noise.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, JC II. iv. 18:
      Prithee, listen well; / I heard a bustling rumour like a fray, / And the wind brings it from the Capitol.


rumour (third-person singular simple present rumours, present participle rumouring, simple past and past participle rumoured)

  1. Commonwealth of Nations standard spelling of rumor.
    • 1961 November, “Talking of Trains: Drastic cuts in Scotland?”, in Trains Illustrated, page 644:
      Two of the four main routes over the Border were rumoured to be threatened with withdrawal of, or heavy cuts in, passenger services.