hearsay vs rumour what difference

what is difference between hearsay and rumour



From Middle English hyere-zigginge (1340), here sey (ca. 1438), from the phrase heren seien (to hear [people] say). Compare equally old Middle High German hœrsagen (14th c.), whence modern Hörensagen.


  • Hyphenation: hear‧say


hearsay (usually uncountable, plural hearsays)

  1. Information that was heard by one person about another that cannot be adequately substantiated.
  2. (law) Evidence based on the reports of others, which is normally inadmissible because it was not made under oath, rather than on personal knowledge.
  3. (law) An out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted, which is normally inadmissible because it is not subject to cross-examination unless the hearsay statement falls under one of a number of exceptions.

Derived terms

  • double hearsay


  • common talk
  • gossip
  • report
  • rumor


See also

  • as they say
  • hear
  • hear tell
  • so they say
  • you know what they say

Further reading

  • hearsay in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • hearsay in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.



From Old French rumeur, from Latin rūmor (common talk).


  • * (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹuːmə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹuːmɚ/


rumour (countable and uncountable, plural rumours)

  1. Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland spelling of rumor
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 26:
      Dame Rumour outstrides me yet again.
  2. (obsolete) A prolonged, indistinct noise.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, JC II. iv. 18:
      Prithee, listen well; / I heard a bustling rumour like a fray, / And the wind brings it from the Capitol.


rumour (third-person singular simple present rumours, present participle rumouring, simple past and past participle rumoured)

  1. Commonwealth of Nations standard spelling of rumor.

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