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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rumor, rumour, hearsayverb

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

  2. rumor, rumour, bruitverb

    tell or spread rumors

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


  1. rumornoun

    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. rumornoun

    Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.

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

  3. rumorverb

    To tell a rumor about; to gossip.

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rumornoun

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

  2. Rumornoun

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

  3. Rumornoun

    a prolonged, indistinct noise

  4. Rumorverb

    to report by rumor; to tell

  5. Etymology: [F. rumeur, L. rumor; cf. rumificare, rumitare to rumor, Skr. ru to cry.]


  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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rumor in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rumor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of rumor in a Sentence

  1. Dick DeGuerin:

    Do I think this is a coincidence ? Hell, no, there has been rumor, innuendo and speculation for a number of years, and now we're going to get our day in court on this.

  2. Anthony Solomon:

    They faced tribal warfare and rogue villagers in Papua New Guinea who spread a rumor that the teams were vampires, they worked in Ethiopia's Afar region, one of the most hostile territories in the world in which to conduct community-based research, amid sandstorms, temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius and deadly venomous spiders.

  3. Donald Trump:

    There's been a rumor that -- you know, a very nice rumor -- that you go outside in the sun or you have heat and it does have an effect on other viruses.

  4. Danielle Outlaw:

    It’s a rumor that’s just out there and it’s wild and it’s out of control, i appreciate the honorable mention, and it’s quite flattering quite frankly.

  5. Bill Shine:

    And I'm sure you heard the rumor that Barack Obama couldn't get a security clearance required to work for the FBI or CIA, and I want to know if this is true. I mean I'm just a little housewife at home, living my life, taking care of my children. But I'm concerned if we're going to have a president that could not pass a security clearance. Especially, aren't we in a war against terrorism? Aren't we, like, fighting terrorists? So why wouldn't we have a security check for a man who's going to run the country? And I mean not just Barack Obama, but what about our senators, our congresspeople? Do they go through the same security background check as a CIA person would have to go through? I never thought about this.

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