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rumor (n.)

late 14c., from Old French rumor "commotion, widespread noise or report" (Modern French rumeur), from Latin rumorem (nominative rumor) "noise, clamor, common talk, hearsay, popular opinion," related to ravus "hoarse," from PIE *reu- "to bellow." Related: Rumorous. Rumor mill is from 1887. Dutch rumoer, German Rumor are from French.

rumor (v.)

1590s, "spread a rumor; spread by way of rumor," from rumor (n.). Related: Rumored; rumoring.

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Definitions of rumor from WordNet
1
rumor (v.)
tell or spread rumors;
It was rumored that the next president would be a woman
Synonyms: rumour / bruit
2
rumor (n.)
gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth;
Synonyms: rumour / hearsay
From wordnet.princeton.edu