Definitions

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

  • To report; tell or circulate by report; spread abroad.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

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