adjective, rheum·i·er, rheum·i·est.

pertaining to, causing, full of, or affected with rheum.

Origin of rheumy

First recorded in 1585–95; rheum + -y1
Related formsrheum·i·ly, adverbrheum·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of rheumy

Historical Examples of rheumy

  • The old Garibaldian wiped his rheumy eyes and began to talk of David Rossi.

  • Hall could see a thin, rheumy film cover the Englishman's eyes.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase

  • The fields and hedgerows were rheumy with moisture which dripped from every bent and twig.

  • Seated by the stove was a pathetically old woman, with pendulous chin and rheumy eyes.

    The Lightning Conductor

    C. N. Williamson

  • The rheumy, blinking eyes are dazzled in the sunlight, and he peevishly commands the gold work to be ‘whitened over.’


    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for rheumy



of the nature of rheum
literary damp and unhealthythe rheumy air
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Word Origin and History for rheumy

1590s, from rheum + -y (2).

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