Definitions for rumor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rumor, rumour, hearsay(verb)

    gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth

  2. rumor, rumour, bruit(verb)

    tell or spread rumors

    "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman"

Wiktionary

  1. rumor(Noun)

    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.

  2. rumor(Noun)

    Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.

    They say he used to be a thief, but that's just rumor.

  3. rumor(Verb)

    To tell a rumor about; to gossip.

    John is rumored to be next in line for a promotion.

  4. Origin: Middle English rumour, from the Latin rumor, common talk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rumor(noun)

    a flying or popular report; the common talk; hence, public fame; notoriety

  2. Rumor(noun)

    a current story passing from one person to another, without any known authority for its truth; -- in this sense often personified

  3. Rumor(noun)

    a prolonged, indistinct noise

  4. Rumor(verb)

    to report by rumor; to tell

Freebase

  1. Rumor

    A rumor or rumour is often viewed as "an unverified account or explanation of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern" However, a review of the research on rumor conducted by Pendleton in 1998 found that research across sociology, psychology, and communication studies had widely varying definitions of rumor. Thus, rumor is a concept that lacks a particular definition in the social sciences. But most theories agree that rumor involves some kind of a statement whose veracity is not quickly or ever confirmed. In addition, some scholars have identified rumor as a subset of propaganda, the latter another notoriously difficult concept to define. A pioneer of propaganda studies, Harold Lasswell defined propaganda in 1927 as referring "solely to the control of opinion by significant symbols, or, to speak more concretely and less accurately, by stories, rumors, reports, pictures, and other forms of social communication". Rumors are also often discussed with regard to "misinformation" and "disinformation". Rumors thus have often been viewed as particular forms of other communication concepts.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. RUMOR

    The long-distance champion of the Human Race--a monster with more tales than an octopus.


Translations for rumor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

rumour(noun)

a piece of news or a story passed from person to person, which may not be true

I heard a rumour that you had got a new job.

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