from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
- n. Unverified information received from another; hearsay.
- transitive v. To spread or tell by rumor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.
- n. Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.
- v. To tell a rumor about; to gossip.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A flying or popular report; the common talk; hence, public fame; notoriety.
- n. A current story passing from one person to another, without any known authority for its truth; -- in this sense often personified.
- n. A prolonged, indistinct noise.
- transitive v. To report by rumor; to tell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A confused and indistinct noise; a vague sound; a murmur.
- n. Flying or popular report; the common voice.
- n. A current report, with or without foundation; commonly, a story or statement passing from one person to another without any known authority for its truth; a mere report; a piece of idle gossip.
- n. Fame; reported celebrity; reputation.
- n. A voice; a message.
- n. Synonyms and Talk, gossip, hearsay.
- To report; tell or circulate by report; spread abroad.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. tell or spread rumors
- n. gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
Middle English rumour, from Old French, from Latin rūmor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English rumour, from the Latin rumor, common talk. (Wiktionary)