from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A card game, played in many variations, in which the object is to obtain sets of three or more cards of the same rank or suit.
  • n. Slang A drunkard.
  • adj. Chiefly British Odd, strange, or dangerous; rum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a card game with many rule variants, conceptually similar to mahjong.
  • n. a rum-drinking alcoholic.
  • adj. rum; peculiar; odd
  • adj. Resembling or tasting of rum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to rum; characteristic of rum; as a rummy flavor.
  • adj. Strange; odd.
  • n. One who drinks rum; an habitually intemperate person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to rum: as, a rummy flavor.
  • Rum; queer.
  • n. A drunkard; also one who favors the liquor traffic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chronic drinker
  • adj. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
  • n. a card game based on collecting sets and sequences; the winner is the first to meld all their cards


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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  • '"...nothing scares a real rummy like the chance of a dry spell and getting the horrors."'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012

  • or as in Donald Rumsfeld.

    May 6, 2007

  • as in a card game, or an alcoholic.

    March 11, 2007