rumour

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rumour (countable and uncountable, plural rumours)

  1. UK and Canada spelling of rumor.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 16
      Rumour had it (though not proved) that she descended from the house of the lords Talbot de Malahide
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 1/1/2, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      There were rumours, new rumours every morning, delightful and outrageous rumours, so that the lumps in the porridge were swallowed without comment and the fish-cakes were eaten without contumely.
  2. (obsolete) A prolonged, indistinct noise.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)