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)
- 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:
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.
1969, Peter Vansittart, Pastimes of a Red Summer: A Novel, Owen, →ISBN, LCCN 77434141, OCLC 1072259774, page 140:
I myself gave support to the summoning of the Estates General ... as merely mistaken . Similarly it might be held that Paradise originated in a rumour invented in hell to make society the more interesting . ' ' We need a saviour .
- (obsolete) A prolonged, indistinct noise.
1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iv], page 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)
- Commonwealth 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.