rummy

1 [ruhm-ee]
noun
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:
1905–10, Americanism; perhaps special use of rummy3

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rummy

2 [ruhm-ee]
noun, plural rummies.
1.
Slang. a drunkard.
adjective
2.
of or like rum.

Origin:
1850–55; rum1 + -y1

rummy

3 [ruhm-ee]
adjective, rummier, rummiest. Chiefly British Slang.
odd; peculiar.

Origin:
1820–30; rum2 + -y1

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rummy or rum1 (ˈrʌmɪ)
 
n
a card game based on collecting sets and sequences
 
[C20: perhaps from rum²]
 
rum or rum1
 
n
 
[C20: perhaps from rum²]

rummy2 (ˈrʌmɪ)
 
adj
another word for rum

rummy3 (ˈrʌmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
1.  (US), (Canadian) a slang word for drunkard
 
adj
2.  of or like rum in taste or smell

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

[ˈrəmi]
  1. n.
    a drunkard; an alcoholic; an alcoholic hobo. : Ask that rummy to leave before he throws up.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
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.
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