1 [ruhm]
an alcoholic liquor or spirit distilled from molasses or some other fermented sugar-cane product.
alcoholic drink in general; intoxicating liquor: He warned against the demon rum.

1645–55; perhaps short for obsolete rumbullion, rumbustion, of obscure origin

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rum1 (rʌm)
spirit made from sugar cane, either coloured brownish-red by the addition of caramel or by maturation in oak containers, or left white
[C17: perhaps shortened from C16 rumbullion, of uncertain origin]

rum2 (rʌm)
adj , rummer, rummest
slang (Brit) strange; peculiar; odd
[C19: perhaps from Romany rom man]

rum3 (rʌm)
short for rummy

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Word Origin & History

"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.

"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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