Definition of rumor :
1. A current story passing from one person to another, without any known authority for its truth; - in this sense often personified.
2. A flying or popular report; the common talk; hence, public fame; notoriety.
3. A prolonged, indistinct noise.
4. To report by rumor; to tell.
fame, bruit, relation, invention, tale, repute, record, noise, canard, falsehood, tittle-tattle, lie, grapevine, word, intelligence, scandal, recital, narrative, hearsay, hoax, innuendo, rumour, fabrication, tattle, scuttlebutt, words, suggestion, supposition, gossipry, story, talk, talebearing, fiction, tidings, narration, rehearsal, cry, description
news (part of speech: noun)
- Rumor had it that Sunnyside was burning, and it was amazing how many people threw something over their night- clothes and flew to the conflagration. - "The Circular Staircase", Mary Roberts Rinehart.
- Madame Bonaparte, whose ears this rumor reached, ran after her husband, begging him not to set out; but he embraced her, laughing, calling her a coward, and entered the vessel which was awaiting him. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
- What do you think of this rumor that the revolution in Brazil is going to knock out our share market? - "The Sign of the Spider", Bertram Mitford.