1. A flying or popular report; the common talk; hence, public fame; notoriety.
This rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about.Luke vii.
Great is the rumor of this dreadful knight.Shak.
2. A current story passing from one person to another, without any known authority for its truth; in this
sense often personified.
Rumor next, and Chance,Milton.
And Tumult, and Confusion, all embroiled.
3. A prolonged, indistinct noise. [Obs.] Shak.
(Ru"mor), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rumored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Rumoring.] To report by rumor; to
'T was rumoredDryden.
My father 'scaped from out the citadel.
(Ru"mor*er) n. A teller of news; especially, one who spreads false reports. Shak.
(Ru"mor*ous) a. [Cf. OF. rumoreux, It. rumoroso, romoroso.]
1. Of or pertaining to a rumor; of the nature of rumors. [Obs.] Sir H. Wotton.
2. Famous; notorious. [Obs.] Bale.
3. Murmuring. [Obs. or Poetic] Drayton.
(Rump) n. [OE. rumpe; akin to D. romp trunk, body, LG. rump, G. rumpf, Dan. rumpe rump,
Icel. rumpr, Sw. rumpa rump, tail.]
1. The end of the backbone of an animal, with the parts adjacent; the buttock or buttocks.
2. Among butchers, the piece of beef between the sirloin and the aitchbone piece. See Illust. of Beef.
3. Fig.: The hind or tail end; a fag-end; a remnant.
Rump Parliament, or The Rump (Eng. Hist.), the remnant of the Long Parliament after the expulsion
by Cromwell in 1648 of those who opposed his purposes. It was dissolved by Cromwell in 1653, but
twice revived for brief sessions, ending finally in 1659.
The Rump abolished the House of Lords, the army abolished the Rump, and by this army of saints
Rump steak, a beefsteak from the rump. Goldsmith.
(Rump"er) n. A member or a supporter of the Rump Parliament. I. Disraeli.
(Rump"-fed) a. A Shakespearean word of uncertain meaning. Perhaps "fattened in the rump,
pampered." "The rump-fed ronyon."
(Rum"ple) v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Rumpled p. pr. & vb. n. Rumpling ] [Cf. rimple, and D.
rimpelen to wrinkle, rompelig rough, uneven, G. rümpfen to wrinkle, MHG. rümphen, OHG. rimpfan, Gr.