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[ruhm] /rʌm/
adjective, Chiefly British
1.
odd, strange, or queer:
a rum fellow.
2.
problematic; difficult.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; earlier rome, room great, perhaps < Romany; see Rom
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British Dictionary definitions for rumer

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 rumer
rum
"liquor from sugar cane or molasses," 1654, originally 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." [1651]
The Eng. word was borrowed into Du., Ger., Sw., Dan., Sp., Port., It., Fr., and Rus. Used since 1800 in N.Amer. as a general (hostile) name for intoxicating liquors. Rum-runner "smuggler or transporter of illicit liquor" is from 1920.
rum
"excellent," 1567, from rome "fine" (1567), said to be from Romany rom "male, husband" (see Romany). A very common 16c. cant word, by 1774 it had come to mean "odd, strange, bad, spurious," perhaps because it had been so often used approvingly by rogues in ref. to one another. This was the main sense after c.1800.
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