A rumor is a story which may not be true. Everyone may be talking about the rap superstar who stopped for ice cream in your town, but until there's proof that it really happened, the whole thing is just a rumor.

Are rumors ever true? Of course — sometimes word gets out ahead of time, like when a student overhears teachers talking about the early dismissal before it is announced. When the school closes early, the rumor is confirmed. But many other rumors can never be confirmed, so they stay just that, rumors. True, false, semi-true: who knows? The Latin word rumorem, or noise, is the origin; noise is often all that a rumor is.

Definitions of rumor

n gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth

hearsay, rumour
Type of:
comment, gossip, scuttlebutt
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

v tell or spread rumors

“It was rumored that the next president would be a woman”
bruit, rumour
Type of:
dish the dirt, gossip
wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies

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