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rum-dum

[ruhm-duhm] /ˈrʌmˌdʌm/
noun
1.
a stupid or ignorant person.
2.
drunkard; lush.
adjective
3.
stupid; ignorant.
4.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or arising from habitual drunkenness; addled by drink.
Also, rum-dumb, rum-dumm.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; rhyming compound with rum1 and dumb, perhaps influenced in sense by humdrum
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Slang definitions & phrases for rum-dumb

rum-dum

adjective

Stupefied by liquor; dead drunk

noun

A stupid person, esp one slow-witted from habitual drunkenness: The murmuring rum-dums were being let out to wash (1891+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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