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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.


  1. Rumor

    A rumor (American English), or rumour (British English; see spelling differences; derived from Latin rumorem 'noise'), is "a tall tale of explanations of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern."In the social sciences, a rumor involves a form of a statement whose veracity is not quickly or ever confirmed. In addition, some scholars have identified rumor as a subset of propaganda. Sociology, psychology, and communication studies have widely varying definitions of rumor.Rumors are also often discussed with regard to misinformation and disinformation (the former often seen as simply false and the latter seen as deliberately false, though usually from a government source given to the media or a foreign government).


  1. rumor

    A rumor is an unverified piece of information, story, or statement that is circulated or spread among people without any clear evidence or surety of its truth. Often, a rumor involves some matter of public interest or concern and is used to influence opinion or behavior.

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. Virgil:

    Rumor grows as it goes.

  2. Michael Needham:

    I'm not going to add to the speculation and rumor, the Heritage Foundation is an institution that is committed to formulating and promoting conservative policies. And that is not going to change.

  3. Amy Deng:

    People were already panicked, then they made up this rumor and spread it, telling us not to even live in the community.

  4. 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.

  5. Kent Syverud:

    To date, law enforcement has not been able to locate a single individual who directly received an AirDrop. Not one, it was apparent that this rumor was probably a hoax, but that reality was not communicated clearly and rapidly enough to get ahead of escalating anxiety.

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