rumor (n.) Look up rumor at
late 14c., from Old French rumor "commotion, widespread noise or report" (Modern French rumeur), from Latin rumorem (nominative rumor) "noise, clamor, common talk, hearsay, popular opinion," related to ravus "hoarse," from PIE *reu- "to bellow." Related: Rumorous. Rumor mill is from 1887. Dutch rumoer, German Rumor are from French.
rumor (v.) Look up rumor at
1590s, "spread a rumor; spread by way of rumor," from rumor (n.). Related: Rumored; rumoring.