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[ruhm-er] /ˈrʌm ər/
a large drinking glass or cup.
Origin of rummer
1645-55; < Dutch roemer large wine glass, especially for Rhine wine, perhaps derivative of roemen to praise (as in drinking a toast) Unabridged
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  • The rummer is introduced by Hogarth into his picture of "Night."

  • Aunt was aghast at the mortalities among the rummer glasses.

    Miss Eden's Letters Emily Eden
  • Then I made him a rummer of toddy and sent him to bed a trifle comforted.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • The rummer the go is, Adam, the quicker we ought to be about it.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • rummer followed rummer, and still the Creole woman sang at intervals, and still the company smoked and drank.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • rummer's standing in his class was 22, where Lyon's was 11 and Totten's 25.

  • Samuel Prior kept the rummer tavern near Charing-cross, in 1685.

  • Tom filled a rummer of grog, took half off at a huge sip, and put it down on the table.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The Coroner, having found no need to charge (except his rummer), left his men for a little while to deliberate their verdict.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Robert returned with his rummer, the glass spoon tinkling an invitation.

British Dictionary definitions for rummer


a drinking glass, typically having an ovoid bowl on a short stem
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch roemer a glass for drinking toasts, from roemen to praise
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