adjective \ˈrə-mē\

Definition of RUMMY

:  queer, odd <feeling a little rummy from our trip up the escalator — New Yorker>

Origin of RUMMY

First Known Use: 1828


plural rummies

Definition of RUMMY

:  drunkard

Origin of RUMMY

First Known Use: 1851

Rhymes with RUMMY



Definition of RUMMY

:  any of several card games for two or more players in which each player tries to assemble groups of three or more cards of the same rank or suit and to be the first to meld them all

Origin of RUMMY

perhaps from 1rummy
First Known Use: 1915


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Family of card games. The many variants of rummy make it one of the world's best-known and most widely played card games. The basic principle of rummy (also spelled rum, rhum, or romme) is to form sets of three or four cards of the same rank (as four 8s, three 6s) or sequences of three or more cards of the same suit (6–5–4–3, all of diamonds, e.g.). Canasta is an unusual type of rummy, in that sequences are not permitted. See also gin rummy.


Next Word in the Dictionary: rumness
Previous Word in the Dictionary: rum–mill
All Words Near: rummy

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up rummy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).