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  1. a unit of apothecaries' weight, equal to 60 grains, or 1/8 (0.125) ounce (3.89 grams).
  2. 1/16 (0.0625) ounce, avoirdupois weight (27.34 grains; 1.77 grams). Abbreviation: dr., dr
a small drink of liquor.
a small quantity of anything.

verb (used without object), drammed, dram·ming.

Archaic. to drink drams; tipple.

verb (used with object), drammed, dram·ming.

Archaic. to ply with drink.

Nearby words

  1. drake passage,
  2. drake, joseph rodman,
  3. drake, sir francis,
  4. drakensberg,
  5. dralon,
  6. dram glass,
  7. dram. pers.,
  8. drama,
  9. drama queen,
  10. drama therapy

Origin of dram

1400–50; late Middle English dramme, assimilated variant of dragme < Old French < Late Latin dragma, Latin drachma drachma

Related formshalf-dram, adjective, noun

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Examples from the Web for dramming

  • He had been dramming at intervals since breakfast, and he no longer approached the bar with hesitancy.

    The Lash|Olin L. Lyman

British Dictionary definitions for dramming



/ (ˈdiːræm) /

n acronym for

dynamic random access memory: a widely used type of random access memorySee RAM 1


a chip containing such a memory


/ (dræm) /


one sixteenth of an ounce (avoirdupois). 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0018 kilogram
Also called: drachm, drachma US one eighth of an apothecaries' ounce; 60 grains. 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0039 kilogram
a small amount of an alcoholic drink, esp a spirit; tot
the standard monetary unit of Armenia, divided into 100 lumas

Word Origin for dram

C15: from Old French dragme, from Late Latin dragma, from Greek drakhmē; see drachma

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Word Origin and History for dramming



mid-15c., "small weight of apothecary's measure," a phonetic spelling, from Anglo-Latin dragma, Old French drame, from Late Latin dragma, from Latin drachma "drachma," from Greek drakhma "measure of weight," also, "silver coin," literally "handful" (of six obols, the least valuable coins in ancient Athens), akin to drassesthai "to grasp." The fluid dram is one-eighth of a fluid ounce, hence "a small drink of liquor" (1713); Hence dram shop (1725), where liquor was sold by the shot.

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Medicine definitions for dramming


[ drăm ]


A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 116 of an ounce or 27.34 grains (1.77 grams).drachm
A unit of apothecary weight equal to 18 of an ounce or 60 grains (3.89 grams).

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