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NOUN (1)

1. gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth;
[syn: rumor, rumour, hearsay]


VERB (1)

1. tell or spread rumors;
- Example: "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman"
[syn: rumor, rumour, bruit]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rumor \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. [1913 Webster] This rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about. --Luke vii. 17. [1913 Webster] Great is the rumor of this dreadful knight. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A current story passing from one person to another, without any known authority for its truth; -- in this sense often personified. [1913 Webster] Rumor next, and Chance, And Tumult, and Confusion, all embroiled. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. A prolonged, indistinct noise. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rumour n 1: gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth [syn: rumor, rumour, hearsay] v 1: tell or spread rumors; "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman" [syn: rumor, rumour, bruit]