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rummy1

[ruhm-ee] /ˈrʌm i/
noun
1.
any of various card games for two, three, or four players, each usually being dealt seven, nine, or ten cards, in which the object is to match cards into sets and sequences.
Also called rum.
Origin of rummy1
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; perhaps special use of rummy3

rummy2

[ruhm-ee] /ˈrʌm i/
noun, plural rummies.
1.
Slang. a drunkard.
adjective
2.
of or like rum.
Origin
First recorded in 1850-55; rum1 + -y1

rummy3

[ruhm-ee] /ˈrʌm i/
adjective, rummier, rummiest. Chiefly British Slang.
1.
odd; peculiar.
Origin
First recorded in 1820-30; rum2 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for rummy
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  • rummy accent and all that, but nevertheless a soft and pleasing voice.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • rummy as the gadget might appear, it had been the right thing to do.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • People talk about that rummy motor at Bonnington and Aldington to this day.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • And, most important of all to a rummy, you drink the best booze and as much of it as you want.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Most likely I'll do my best to stop whatever it is you've got in that rummy head of yours.'

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • So help me rummy, I was that angry with him I couldn't hear myself speak.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • “I picked up a rummy curio on the beach this go,” said the captain.

British Dictionary definitions for rummy

rummy1

/ˈrʌmɪ/
noun
1.
a card game based on collecting sets and sequences
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from rum²

rummy2

/ˈrʌmɪ/
adjective
1.
another word for rum2

rummy3

/ˈrʌmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
(US & Canadian) a slang word for drunkard
adjective
2.
of or like rum in taste or smell
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Word Origin and History for rummy
n.

card game, 1910, rhummy, of unknown origin. Gin rummy is first attested 1941. Meaning "drunkard" is 1851, from rum (n.). Meaning "opponent of temperance" in U.S. politics is from 1860.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rummy

rummy

noun

A drunkard; lush: He spotted the old rummy at the corner (1851+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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