Origin of rheumatic
1350–1400; Middle English reumatikRelated formsrheu·mat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·rheu·mat·ic, adjective, nounnon·rheu·mat·ic, adjective, nounpost·rheu·mat·ic, adjectivepre·rheu·mat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·rheu·mat·ic, adjectiveun·rheu·mat·ic, adjective
< Latin rheumaticus
< Greek rheumatikós,
equivalent to rheumat-
(stem of rheûma;
) + -ikos -ic
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Historical Examples of rheumatics
Lame though of his legs with the rheumatics, and wake in his intellecs for all.
"It's a wonder you don't get rheumatics yourself," vouchsafed Charlotte.
You may be a bit cramped by the morning, and perhaps you may get a twinge of rheumatics, but that'll be all.
Sometimes also he was laid up with the rheumatics, and was unable to go afloat.
She noticed how lame our granny was with the rheumatics, and told me to send up for broth.
British Dictionary definitions for rheumatics
(functioning as singular) informal rheumatism
of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism
Derived Formsrheumatically, adverb
a person afflicted with rheumatism
Word Origin for rheumatic
C14: ultimately from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma a flow; see rheum
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Word Origin and History for rheumatics
late 14c., from Old French reumatique (Modern French rhumatique), from Latin rheumaticus "troubled with rheum," from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma "discharge from the body" (see rheum).
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Relating to or characterized by rheumatism.
One who is affected by rheumatism.
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