Definition of rumor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈro͞omər/
(British rumour)


A currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth: they were investigating rumors of a massacre rumor has it that he will take a year off
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  • Over the years, many rumours have circulated regarding improvement to this junction.
  • Mr Dent spoke out after rumours began circulating in the town centre that he had come back in with a fresh deal.
  • He said there was no truth to the rumour that he had his vet administer a sedative to his horse before the race.
gossip, hearsay, talk, tittle-tattle, speculation, word;
(rumorsreports, stories, whispers, canards
informal grapevine, word on the street, buzz, dirt, scuttlebutt, loose lips


(be rumored)
Be circulated as an unverified account: [with clause]: it’s rumored that he lives on a houseboat [with infinitive]: she is rumored to have gone into hiding
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  • Last week, it was rumoured that the sexy blonde had reunited with Tommy.
  • European cafe culture looks set to hit Fishguard, as two new cafes and one bar are rumoured to be opening in the town.
  • Long since rumoured, it looks like this is actually getting serious.


Late Middle English: from Old French rumur, from Latin rumor 'noise'.

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Syllabification: ru·mor

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