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or room·y

[roo-mee, roo m-ee]
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noun Informal.
  1. roommate.

Origin of roomie

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; by shortening and alteration


[roo-mee, roo m-ee]
noun, plural room·ies. Informal.
  1. roomie.
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  • She should have either kicked him out or dragged him around the house while she got her roomies out of bed.

    Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for roomies


adjective roomier or roomiest
  1. having ample room; spacious
Derived Formsroomily, adverbroominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for roomies



"roomsome," 1620s, from room (n.) + -y (2). Related: Roominess.

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