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rummy

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[ ruhm-ee ]
/ ˈrʌm i /
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noun
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.
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Also called rum.

Origin of rummy

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An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; perhaps special use of rummy3

Other definitions for rummy (2 of 3)

rummy2
[ ruhm-ee ]
/ ˈrʌm i /

noun, plural rum·mies.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a habitual drinker of alcohol who is frequently intoxicated.
adjective
of or like rum.

Origin of rummy

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First recorded in 1840–45; rum1 + -y1

Other definitions for rummy (3 of 3)

rummy3
[ ruhm-ee ]
/ ˈrʌm i /

adjective, rum·mi·er, rum·mi·est.Chiefly British Slang.
odd; peculiar.

Origin of rummy

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First recorded in 1820–30; rum2 + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for rummy (1 of 3)

rummy1

rum

/ (ˈrʌmɪ) /

noun
a card game based on collecting sets and sequences

Word Origin for rummy

C20: perhaps from rum ²

British Dictionary definitions for rummy (2 of 3)

rummy2
/ (ˈrʌmɪ) /

adjective
another word for rum 2

British Dictionary definitions for rummy (3 of 3)

rummy3
/ (ˈrʌmɪ) /

noun plural -mies
US and Canadian a slang word for drunkard
adjective
of or like rum in taste or smell
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