Basically, I am asking for two words-

  1. What do we call a person who spreads rumor?

And on the flip side, there will always be some people who easily believe rumors.

  1. What do we call people who believe in rumours?

Is there a word, or phrase for both types of people?

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    A rumour-monger, gullible and credulous, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 4:49
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    @passa You see if you ask for a word, users will think you want one word, but you really want TWO words, one for the "gossipers", and one for those who are willing to listen and even more ready to believe. It's not possible to have a single word for someone who spreads gossip and believes in the gossip they spread. Are you asking that?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 11:15
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    @Mari-LouA: That's true; I figured I'd await clarification from passa to learn if the answers there are satisfying. I think Brian Hooper's answer provides a word (if an obscure, archaic word) that fits both sides; it says "Merriam-Webster suggests quidnunc is more likely to be someone keen on hearing the latest gossip than repeating it".
    – herisson
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 16:31
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    @sumelic too late now. it's been closed as a duplicate, and passa seems to be a drive-by user. My DV was for the question being unclear in case someone is wondering.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 16:35
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    @Mari-LouA Actually i asked two questions in one. word for who spreads rumor and word for people who believe in it.Basically two different word. Maybe it's too late too clarify.
    – d a i s y
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 3:26

2 Answers 2


Rumour-monger, gullible, and credulous are all possibilities:

rumour-monger - noun [ C ] ​

a person who spreads rumours

gullible - adjective

easily deceived or tricked, and too willing to believe everything that other people say

credulous - adjective [formal]

too willing to believe what you are told and so easily deceived

Cambridge Dictionary

  • You forgot "sucker" and "sap", but earned another +1, anyway.
    – The Nate
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 20:53

I believe you are describing a gossiper.

According to Vocabulary.com:

"A gossiper is someone who talks eagerly and casually about other people. If you like to spread rumors and hear the latest news about your friends, you might be a gossiper. When you gossip, you talk enthusiastically about other people's news or business. To do this regularly is to be a gossiper."

  • okay but what about them who believe in it?
    – d a i s y
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 6:53

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