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Meaning of RUMOR

Pronunciation:  'roomur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
  2. [v]  tell or spread rumors; "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman"

RUMOR is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: bruit, hearsay, rumour, rumour
 See Also: comment, gossip, gossip, scuttlebutt



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ru"mor\, n. [F. rumeur, L. rumor; cf. rumificare,
    rumitare to rumor, Skr. ru to cry.] [Written also {rumour}.]
    1. A flying or popular report; the common talk; hence, public
       fame; notoriety.
             This rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea,
             and throughout all the region round about. --Luke
                                                   vii. 17.
             Great is the rumor of this dreadful knight. --Shak.
    2. A current story passing from one person to another,
       without any known authority for its truth; -- in this
       sense often personified.
             Rumor next, and Chance, And Tumult, and Confusion,
             all embroiled.                        --Milton.
    3. A prolonged, indistinct noise. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Ru"mor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rumored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To report by rumor; to tell.
          'T was rumored My father 'scaped from out the citadel.