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[roo-mee] /ˈru mi/
adjective, rheumier, rheumiest.
pertaining to, causing, full of, or affected with rheum.
Origin of rheumy
First recorded in 1585-95; rheum + -y1
Related forms
rheumily, adverb
rheuminess, noun Unabridged
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  • The old Garibaldian wiped his rheumy eyes and began to talk of David Rossi.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Hall could see a thin, rheumy film cover the Englishman's eyes.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase
  • The fields and hedgerows were rheumy with moisture which dripped from every bent and twig.

  • Seated by the stove was a pathetically old woman, with pendulous chin and rheumy eyes.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • The rheumy, blinking eyes are dazzled in the sunlight, and he peevishly commands the gold work to be ‘whitened over.’

    Oxford Andrew Lang
  • His eye is dull and rheumy; his nether lip hung down upon his chin.

  • Go near that horrid old man who fastens one rheumy eye on you while his slobbery chin shakes like a huge jelly?

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
  • And the maudlin tears came into the man's rheumy eyes and rolled down his cheeks.


    J. G. Holland
British Dictionary definitions for rheumy


of the nature of rheum
(literary) damp and unhealthy: the rheumy air
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Word Origin and History for rheumy

1590s, from rheum + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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