a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true to start/spread a rumor rumor (of something) There are widespread rumors of job losses. rumor (about something) Some malicious rumors are circulating about his past. rumor (that…) I heard a rumor that they are getting married. Many of the stories are based on rumor. Rumor has it (= people say) that he was murdered. I thought she was leaving the company, but perhaps it may be just a rumor.
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