- a person affected with rheumatism.
Origin of rheumatic
Examples from the Web for rheumatics
Lame though of his legs with the rheumatics, and wake in his intellecs for all.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
"It's a wonder you don't get rheumatics yourself," vouchsafed Charlotte.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
You may be a bit cramped by the morning, and perhaps you may get a twinge of rheumatics, but that'll be all.The Birthright
Sometimes also he was laid up with the rheumatics, and was unable to go afloat.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
She noticed how lame our granny was with the rheumatics, and told me to send up for broth.The Carbonels
Charlotte M. Yonge
- (functioning as singular) informal rheumatism
- of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism
- a person afflicted with rheumatism
Word Origin and History for rheumatics
late 14c., from Old French reumatique (Modern French rhumatique), from Latin rheumaticus "troubled with rheum," from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma "discharge from the body" (see rheum).
- Relating to or characterized by rheumatism.
- One who is affected by rheumatism.