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rumour

noun [C or U] uk UK ( US rumor)   /ˈruː.mər/ us    /-mɚ/
B2 an unofficial interesting story or piece of news that might be true or invented, which quickly spreads from person to person: Rumours are going round (the school) about Mr Mason and his assistant. [+ that] She's circulating/spreading rumours that the manager is going to resign. I heard a rumour that she'd been seeing Luke Harrison.rumour has it people are saying: Rumour has it (that) you're going to be the next managing director. Is it true?
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in Korean 소문…
in Arabic شائعة…
in French rumeur…
in Turkish dedikodu, söylenti, şayia…
in Italian voce, pettegolezzo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 流言, 謠傳, 傳聞…
in Russian слух, молва…
in Polish pogłoska, plotka…
in Spanish rumor…
in Portuguese boato, rumor…
in German das Gerücht…
in Catalan rumor…
in Japanese (英)うわさ, 風評…
in Chinese (Simplified) 流言, 谣传, 传闻…
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