From Old French rumeur, from Latin rūmor (“common talk”).
rumour (countable and uncountable, plural rumours)
- Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland spelling of rumor
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 16
- Rumour had it (though not proved) that she descended from the house of the lords Talbot de Malahide
1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 1/1/2, “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.
- (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.