Ru"mor (?), n. [F. rumeur, L. rumor; cf. rumificare, rumitare to rumor, Skr. ru to cry.] [Written also rumour.]


A flying or popular report; the common talk; hence, public fame; notoriety.

This rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about. Luke vii. 17.

Great is the rumor of this dreadful knight. Shak.


A current story passing from one person to another, without any known authority for its truth; -- in this sense often personified.

Rumor next, and Chance, And Tumult, and Confusion, all embroiled. Milton.


A prolonged; indistinct noise.




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Ru"mor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rumored (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Rumoring.]

To report by rumor; to tell.

'T was rumored My father 'scaped from out the citadel. Dryden.


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