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[roo-mee] /ˈru mi/
adjective, rheumier, rheumiest.
pertaining to, causing, full of, or affected with rheum.
Origin of rheumy
1585-95; rheum + -y1
Related forms
rheumily, adverb
rheuminess, noun Unabridged
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  • The rheumy, blinking eyes are dazzled in the sunlight, and he peevishly commands the gold work to be ‘whitened over.’

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

  • But the rheumy eyes had a searching quality that disturbed the girl greatly.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • Seated by the stove was a pathetically old woman, with pendulous chin and rheumy eyes.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • An enormous old man with rheumy red eyes that blinked under downy white eyebrows sat in an Empire chair, his cap in his hands.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • His eye is dull and rheumy; his nether lip hung down upon his chin.

  • Go your ways, and leave me to mine; I am aweary of this servile and perishing world, rheumy and gibbering.

    The Decadent Ralph Adams Cram
  • Go near that horrid old man who fastens one rheumy eye on you while his slobbery chin shakes like a huge jelly?

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
British Dictionary definitions for rheumy


of the nature of rheum
(literary) damp and unhealthy: the rheumy air
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Word Origin and History for rheumy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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