What does rumour mean?

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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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RUMOURnoun

    Flying or popular report; bruit; fame.

    Etymology: rumeur, Fr. rumor, Lat.

    We hold rumour from what we fear. William Shakespeare.

    There ran a rumour
    Of many worthy fellows that were out. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Great is the rumour of this dreadful knight,
    And his atchievements of no less account. William Shakespeare.

    This rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea. Luke.

    Rumour next and chance
    And tumult and confusion all embroil’d. John Milton.

    She heard an ancient rumour fly,
    That times to come should see the Trojan race
    Her Carthage ruin. John Dryden, Æneis.

  2. To Rumourverb

    To report abroad; to bruit.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Catesby, rumour it abroad,
    That Anne my wife is sick, and like to die. William Shakespeare.

    All abroad was rumour’d, that this day
    Samson should be brought forth. John Milton, Agonistes.

    ’Twas rumour’d,
    My father ’scap’d from out the citadel. Dryden.


  1. Rumour

    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. rumour

    A rumour is an unverified piece of information, story, or statement that is circulated among people but is not confirmed as being true. It often includes elements of gossip, speculation, or hearsay and can spread rapidly, especially via social media or word of mouth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rumour

    rōō′mur, n. flying report; a current story.—v.t. to report: to circulate by report.—adj. Ru′morous, vaguely heard.—n. Ru′mourer (Shak.), a reporter, a spreader of news. [Fr.,—L. rumor, a noise.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rumour' in Nouns Frequency: #1840

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rumour in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rumour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rumour in a Sentence

  1. Markus Huber:

    QE (speculation) has been around for so long that I think it will be a 'buy the rumour and sell the announcement'.

  2. Chief Executive Stephen Young:

    We've been a really, really strong takeover target now for the thirteen years I've been at Meggitt, lots of people want to be aerospace, lots of people want to have strong aftermarket positions. It's no surprise that the odd rumour pops up.

  3. Mukaibar Shah:

    Corona virus rumour was created by Government, spread by media by constant telling lies to instill fear in people, accepted by fools who still wear masks and it was benefited by doctors, pharmacy companies, big politicians and businessmen

  4. Alistair McCaig:

    A sizeable percentage of the market is factoring in some sort of quantitative-easing announcement, so there's a touch of trepidation, investors have bought the rumour so they could sell the news.

  5. Bryan Carter:

    The direction has been clear for so long, and many have sold on the rumour and bought on the news, however, this is not a typical downgrade, as it is part of a longer-term evolution - and it is not the last event.

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    brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
    • A. dependable
    • B. hatched
    • C. occasional
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