Definition of rumour in English:


(US rumor)


  • A currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth:

    ‘they were investigating rumours of a massacre’
    [mass noun] ‘rumour has it that he will take a year off’
    • ‘Mr Dent spoke out after rumours began circulating in the town centre that he had come back in with a fresh deal.’
    • ‘He urged investors to make their decisions based on hard information and not rumors.’
    • ‘At the same time strong rumors have been circulating among the workforce that the company has already been sold.’
    • ‘Dark rumors circulated about the politics within the relevant Nobel committee.’
    • ‘Although people have a right to know about info like this, the story is a rumour and hardly credible.’
    • ‘This week I would like to dispel some of the myths and rumours regarding dogs and raw food.’
    • ‘Spreading nasty rumors about her is likely to make your current situation worse.’
    • ‘He said there was no truth to the rumour that he had his vet administer a sedative to his horse before the race.’
    • ‘Over the years, many rumours have circulated regarding improvement to this junction.’
    • ‘Since their split, rumours have been rife as to why they actually separated.’
    • ‘It's completely untrue and frankly these rumours are upsetting for everyone involved.’
    • ‘Rachel recently sparked rumours she was planning to wed Sean after being spotted wearing a huge ring.’
    • ‘There were rumours of course, but no one could publish the stories without being sued for liable.’
    • ‘He said rumours were abounding that the base could still be used by the military.’
    • ‘Ill-informed rumours on her health have circulated but aides say she is well for a woman of her great age.’
    • ‘Mr Bridges said the rumours had been fuelled by a report in a free newspaper.’
    • ‘It is our duty not to spread rumours or false statements that can only worsen the situation.’
    • ‘There the matter ended and six months passed without any further published stories or rumours.’
    • ‘Other rumors circulate about teen stars caught up in a life of drugs and partying.’
    • ‘The people can't tell rumors from the truth, so they choose what they want to believe.’
    piece of gossip, report, story, whisper, canard
    gossip, hearsay, talk, tittle-tattle
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be rumoured
  • Be circulated as an unverified account:

    [with clause] ‘it's rumoured that he lives on a houseboat’
    [with infinitive] ‘she is rumoured to have gone into hiding’
    • ‘Some members of the amateur club are rumoured to be reluctant to move.’
    • ‘However, it was also rumoured last week that a third possible bidder might yet emerge from Britain.’
    • ‘This place is rumoured to be losing money, and it's not difficult to see why.’
    • ‘It is also rumoured that the family have now been moved to a safe house.’
    • ‘The TV special will try to explore the curse rumoured to have caused the death of those involved in the discovery.’
    • ‘It is rumoured that the audited figures will reveal a bigger shortfall.’
    • ‘He has recently been linked with a switch to Darlington, while other clubs are also rumoured to be interested.’
    • ‘Because her husband is also expected to attend, it is rumoured that his best mate Robbie could also put in an appearance.’
    • ‘Last week, it was rumoured that the sexy blonde had reunited with Tommy.’
    • ‘Mr Dunne was rumoured to be considering his own bid for the group but cleared up speculation in recent weeks.’
    • ‘Long since rumoured, it looks like this is actually getting serious.’
    • ‘She was punished because her young brother was rumoured to have been seen in the company of a girl from a rival tribe.’
    • ‘Last year, it was rumoured that the couple's new London home was haunted..’
    • ‘He was in ill health and was rumoured to be moving to warmer climes.’
    • ‘The original house was built on an ancient graveyard and its last owner is rumoured to have fled in terror at the ghostly goings on.’
    • ‘The celebrity is rumoured to have checked into a hotel under the name ‘Mrs Smith’.’
    • ‘It was rumoured that Queen Victoria ordered members of the cabinet to take action to end the liaison.’
    • ‘It is rumoured that some of the dead were buried in the foundations of the wall to ward off evil spirits.’
    • ‘At one stage, it was rumoured that the health board was buying up houses to house troublesome families in.’
    • ‘European cafe culture looks set to hit Fishguard, as two new cafes and one bar are rumoured to be opening in the town.’
    said to be, reported to be
    reportedly, reputedly, allegedly, apparently, by all accounts, so the story goes
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Late Middle English: from Old French rumur, from Latin rumor noise.