rumour

(BrE) (AmE rumor) noun
ADJECTIVE
malicious, nasty, scurrilous, ugly, vicious
baseless, false, unconfirmed, unfounded, unsubstantiated, wild
persistent, strong, widespread
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Internet
VERB + RUMOUR/RUMOR
start
fuel

His lengthy absence will fuel rumours that he has been fired.

spread
hear
believe
deny
confirm

The actor confirmed rumours that he will be leaving the series.

quash, scotch (esp. BrE), silence

The Chief Executive issued a statement to quash rumours of financial problems.

RUMOUR/RUMOR + VERB
circulate, get around, go around, go round (esp. BrE), spread
abound, be flying, be flying about (esp. BrE), be flying around, be rife

Rumours about an impending divorce were rife.

sweep sth (esp. BrE), sweep through sth (esp. AmE)

The rumour quickly swept the town.

persist
RUMOUR/RUMOR + NOUN
factory (BrE), mill

The Washington rumour mill suggests the money changed hands illegally.

PREPOSITION
amid rumours

The manager resigned suddenly amidst rumours of misconduct.

rumour about, rumour concerning, rumour surrounding

rumours surrounding the closure of the hospital

rumour of

There were persistent rumours of drug-taking among staff.

PHRASES
rumour has it that … 

Among the other employees, rumour has it that he was fired from his last job.

there is no truth in the rumour

There is no truth in the rumour that she is about to resign.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • rumour — (US rumor) ► NOUN ▪ a currently circulating story or report of unverified or doubtful truth. ► VERB (be rumoured) ▪ be circulated as a rumour. ORIGIN Latin rumor noise …   English terms dictionary

  • rumour — is spelt our in BrE and rumor in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • rumour — n. 1) to circulate, spread a rumour 2) to confirm a rumour 3) to deny; dispel, spike a rumour 4) an idle, unfounded, wild rumour 5) an unconfirmed; vague rumour 6) rumours circulate, fly, spread 7) a rumour that + clause (we heard a rumour that… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • rumour — ru|mour BrE rumor AmE [ˈru:mə US ər] n [U and C] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: rumour, from Latin rumor] 1.) information or a story that is passed from one person to another and which may or may not be true rumour about/of ▪ I ve heard… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rumour */*/ — UK [ˈruːmə(r)] / US [ˈrumər] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms rumour : singular rumour plural rumours unofficial information that may or may not be true rumour about: He d heard rumours about some big financial deal. rumour of: Now there… …   English dictionary

  • rumour — BrE rumor AmE noun (U) information that is passed from one person to another and which may or may not be true, especially about someone s personal life or about an official decision (+ about/of): I ve heard all sorts of rumors about him and his… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rumour — [[t]ru͟ːmə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ rumours N VAR: oft N that, N of/about n A rumour is a story or piece of information that may or may not be true, but that people are talking about. Simon denied rumours that he was planning to visit Bulgaria later this… …   English dictionary

  • rumour — [ˈruːmə] noun [C/U] something that people are saying that may or may not be true A student had been spreading rumours about the teachers.[/ex] Rumour has it that (= there is a rumour that) he s seriously ill.[/ex] Now there are rumours of wedding …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • rumour — n. & v. (US rumor) n. 1 general talk or hearsay of doubtful accuracy. 2 (often foll. by of, or that + clause) a current but unverified statement or assertion (heard a rumour that you are leaving). v.tr. (usu. in passive) report by way of rumour… …   Useful english dictionary

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