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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 of rummy1
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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  • Finnerty was muttering: "Damn if I can make it out; it's a rummy go!"

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • And, most important of all to a rummy, you drink the best booze and as much of it as you want.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • "No wonder you get rummy flavours in what you eat down there, if that's so," said Dave.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • So help me rummy, I was that angry with him I couldn't hear myself speak.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • rummy notion that Agni should blaze the whole show in revenge for my desecration!

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • "They are a rummy lot, them deaf and dumb," said the story-teller.

  • rummy as I was, I thought it was kind of nice of her to think of offering flowers instead of household and kitchen provisions.

    Options O. Henry
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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