Rumor vs. Rumour

By Jaxson

  • Rumor

    A rumor (American English) or rumour (British English; see spelling differences) (origin word from latin is ‘rumorem’, or noise) is “a tall tale of explanations of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern.”In the social sciences, a rumor involves some kind of a statement whose veracity is not quickly or ever confirmed. In addition, some scholars have identified rumor as a subset of propaganda. Sociology, psychology, and communication studies have widely varying definitions of rumor.Rumors are also often discussed with regard to “misinformation” and “disinformation” (the former often seen as simply false and the latter seen as deliberately false, though usually from a government source given to the media or a foreign government). Rumors thus have often been viewed as particular forms of other communication concepts.

  • Rumor (noun)

    A statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.

    “There’s a rumor going round that he’s going to get married.”

  • Rumor (noun)

    Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.

    “They say he used to be a thief, but that’s just rumor.”

  • Rumor (verb)

    To tell a rumor about; to gossip.

    “John is rumored to be next in line for a promotion.”

  • Rumour (noun)

    alternative spelling of rumor|from=British|from2=Canadian|from3=New Zealand|from4=Australia|from5=Ireland

  • Rumour (noun)

    A prolonged, indistinct noise.

  • Rumour (verb)

    standard spelling of rumor

  • Rumour (noun)

    a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth

    “rumour has it that he will take a year off”

    “they were investigating rumours of a massacre”

  • Rumour (verb)

    be circulated as an unverified account

    “she is rumoured to have gone into hiding”

    “it’s rumoured that he lives on a houseboat”

Oxford Dictionary

Leave a Comment