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rum1

[ruhm] /rʌm/
noun
1.
an alcoholic liquor or spirit distilled from molasses or some other fermented sugar-cane product.
2.
alcoholic drink in general; intoxicating liquor:
He warned against the demon rum.
Origin of rum1
1645-1655
1645-55; perhaps short for obsolete rumbullion, rumbustion, of obscure origin
Related forms
rumless, adjective

rum2

[ruhm] /rʌm/
adjective, Chiefly British
1.
odd, strange, or queer:
a rum fellow.
2.
problematic; difficult.
Origin
1765-75; earlier rome, room great, perhaps < Romany; see Rom

rum3

[ruhm] /rʌm/
noun, Cards.
1.
rummy1 .
Origin
by shortening

Rum

[room] /rum/
noun
1.
Arabic name of Rome, once used to designate the Byzantine Empire.

Rum.

1.
2.
Romanian.
Also, Rum.
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  • Every fourth or fifth house is a rum shop, and the so-called palm-wine sheds are filled every night with drunken men and women.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • There was one who would have helped her father; would and could have saved him, even from rum.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • It is displayed on the 17th of March in nearly every rum shop, gambling hell, and thieves' den in New York.

  • Our rum now served us a better turn than ever, buying the Indians in a minute.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • But the fourth son became intemperate,—drank great quantities of New England rum.

    Smoking and Drinking James Parton
British Dictionary definitions for rum

rum1

/rʌm/
noun
1.
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
C17: perhaps shortened from C16 rumbullion, of uncertain origin

rum2

/rʌm/
adjective rummer, rummest
1.
(Brit, slang) strange; peculiar; odd
Derived Forms
rumly, adverb
rumness, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from Romany rom man

rum3

/rʌm/
noun
1.
short for rummy1
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Word Origin and History for rum
n.

"liquor from sugar cane or molasses," 1650s, shortening of rumbullion (1651), rombostion (1652), of uncertain origin, perhaps from rum (adj.).

The chiefe fudling they make in the Island [i.e. Barbados] is Rumbullion alias Kill-Devill, and this is made of suggar cane distilled, a hott, hellish and terrible liquor. ["A briefe Description of the Island of Barbados," 1651]
The English word was borrowed into Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Russian. Used since 1800 in North America as a general (hostile) name for intoxicating liquors.
Rum I take to be the name which unwashed moralists apply alike to the product distilled from molasses and the noblest juices of the vineyard. Burgundy in "all its sunset glow" is rum. Champagne, soul of "the foaming grape of Eastern France," is rum. ... Sir, I repudiate the loathsome vulgarism as an insult to the first miracle wrought by the Founder of our religion! [Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table," 1891]

adj.

"excellent, fine, good, valuable," 1560s, from rome "fine" (1560s), said to be from Romany rom "male, husband" (see Romany). E.g. rum kicks "Breeches of gold or silver brocade, or richly laced with gold or silver" [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1788].

A very common 16c. cant word, by 1774 it also had come to mean "odd, strange, bad, spurious," perhaps because it had been so often used approvingly by rogues in reference to one another. This was the main sense after c.1800.

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Related Abbreviations for rum

Rum.

1.
Rumania
2.
Rumanian
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