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rheumy

[roo-mee] /ˈru mi/
adjective, rheumier, rheumiest.
1.
pertaining to, causing, full of, or affected with rheum.
Origin of rheumy
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; rheum + -y1
Related forms
rheumily, adverb
rheuminess, noun
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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.

    Sevenoaks

    J. G. Holland
British Dictionary definitions for rheumy

rheumy

/ˈruːmɪ/
adjective
1.
of the nature of rheum
2.
(literary) damp and unhealthy: the rheumy air
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Word Origin and History for rheumy
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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