Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a card game based on collecting sets and sequences; the winner is the first to meld all their cards
  2. (noun, person) a chronic drinker
  3. (adj, all) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    her speech has a funny twang
    they have some funny ideas about war
    had an odd name
    the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves
    something definitely queer about this town
    what a rum fellow
    singular behavior

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Rummy

  1. 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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