Ru·mor n. [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.]
Ru·mor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rumored p. pr. & vb. n. Rumoring.] To report by rumor; to tell.
'T was rumored
My father 'scaped from out the citadel. --Dryden.
n : gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed
around by word of mouth [syn: rumour, hearsay]
v : tell or spread rumors; "It was rumored that the next
president would be a woman" [syn: rumour, bruit]