rum

1
[ ruhm ]
/ rʌm /

noun

an alcoholic liquor or spirit distilled from molasses or some other fermented sugar-cane product.
alcoholic drink in general; intoxicating liquor: He warned against the demon rum.

Origin of rum

1
First recorded in 1645–55; perhaps short for obsolete rumbullion, rumbustion, of obscure origin
Related formsrum·less, adjective

Definition for rum (2 of 5)

rum

2
[ ruhm ]
/ rʌm /

adjective Chiefly British.

odd, strange, or queer: a rum fellow.
problematic; difficult.

Origin of rum

2
1765–75; earlier rome, room great, perhaps < Romany; see Rom

Definition for rum (3 of 5)

rum

3
[ ruhm ]
/ rʌm /

noun Cards.

Origin of rum

3
by shortening

Definition for rum (4 of 5)

Rum

[ room ]
/ rum /

noun

Arabic name of Rome, once used to designate the Byzantine Empire.

Definition for rum (5 of 5)

Rum.


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rum

1
/ (rʌm) /

noun

spirit made from sugar cane, either coloured brownish-red by the addition of caramel or by maturation in oak containers, or left white

Word Origin for rum

C17: perhaps shortened from C16 rumbullion, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for rum (2 of 3)

rum

2
/ (rʌm) /

adjective rummer or rummest

British slang strange; peculiar; odd
Derived Formsrumly, adverbrumness, noun

Word Origin for rum

C19: perhaps from Romany rom man

British Dictionary definitions for rum (3 of 3)

rum

3
/ (rʌm) /

noun

short for rummy 1
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