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rummy1

[ruhm-ee] /ˈrʌm i/
noun
1.
any of various card games for two, three, or four players, each usually being dealt seven, nine, or ten cards, in which the object is to match cards into sets and sequences.
Also called rum.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; perhaps special use of rummy3

rummy2

[ruhm-ee] /ˈrʌm i/
noun, plural rummies.
1.
Slang. a drunkard.
adjective
2.
of or like rum.
Origin
1850-55; rum1 + -y1

rummy3

[ruhm-ee] /ˈrʌm i/
adjective, rummier, rummiest. Chiefly British Slang.
1.
odd; peculiar.
Origin
1820-30; rum2 + -y1
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Examples from the web for rummy
  • Even so, his ascetic austerity drew the line at gin rummy, which he delighted to play of an evening.
  • We ate our pizza on paper napkins and played gin rummy in the tack room.
British Dictionary definitions for rummy

rummy1

/ˈrʌmɪ/
noun
1.
a card game based on collecting sets and sequences
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from rum²

rummy2

/ˈrʌmɪ/
adjective
1.
another word for rum2

rummy3

/ˈrʌmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
(US & Canadian) a slang word for drunkard
adjective
2.
of or like rum in taste or smell
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Word Origin and History for rummy
n.

card game, 1910, rhummy, of unknown origin. Gin rummy is first attested 1941. Meaning "drunkard" is 1851, from rum (n.). Meaning "opponent of temperance" in U.S. politics is from 1860.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rummy

rummy

noun

A drunkard; lush: He spotted the old rummy at the corner (1851+)


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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