rum

noun
\ ˈrəm How to pronounce rum (audio) \

Definition of rum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an alcoholic beverage distilled from a fermented cane product (such as molasses)
2 : alcoholic liquor the demon rum

rum

adjective
rummer; rummest

Definition of rum (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal + somewhat old-fashioned
1 chiefly British : strange, odd Now writing is rum trade and eyes are rum things, and what is all right one day is all wrong the next.— Angela Thirkell
2 chiefly British : difficult, dangerous

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Examples of rum in a Sentence

Noun

a fiery sermon on the evils of demon rum

Adjective

They're a pretty rum lot. she wears staid business suits, but prefers some quite rum knickers underneath
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Built in 1784, the home was originally occupied by a prominent Salem merchant dealing in rum and Sumatran pepper. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Upon arrival, guests are treated to delicious rum cocktails, and taken to their rooms via colorful tuk-tuks. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide to Saint Lucia," 11 June 2018 Recap your favorite songs and the musicians that stuck with you over carefully crafted pineapple rum cocktails (The Optimo, $12) and old fashioneds with your choice of booze ($11). Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: Concert then cocktails," 30 Mar. 2018 Pour in rum, stir, and add enough ice to fill the glass. Redbook, "6 Cocktails Every Woman Should Drink," 14 Nov. 2013 Stir in rum, cognac, or bourbon and remaining 2 cups milk. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Eggnog," 11 Dec. 2018 The drink included Myers dark rum, Malibu pineapple juice, fresh lime, pineapple, jalapeno mash and a dash of Tabasco, according to a photo posted on Facebook. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Cocktail named 'Tuskegee Experiment' draws outcry from restaurant's customers," 22 Aug. 2018 The dessert-like Hummer cocktail — a luscious mix of rum, Kahlua and vanilla ice cream — was born roughly 50 years ago in Detroit. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Who really invented the Detroit Hummer?," 10 May 2018 Meanwhile, cook sugar, rum, orange zest, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Brioche au Rhum," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rum

Noun

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rum

Noun

probably short for obsolete rumbullion rum

Adjective

origin unknown

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rum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an alcoholic drink that is made from sugar

rum

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rum (Entry 2 of 2)

British, old-fashioned + informal : strange or odd

rum

noun
\ ˈrəm How to pronounce rum (audio) \

Kids Definition of rum

: an alcoholic liquor made from sugarcane or molasses

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