rum-dum

adjective
variants: or less commonly rum-dumm \ ˈrəmˌdəm \

Definition of rum-dum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: reeling from drunkenness : intoxicated

rumdum

noun
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of rumdum (Entry 2 of 2)

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First Known Use of rum-dum

Adjective

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rum-dum

Adjective

probably from rum entry 2 + German dumm dumb (from Old High German tumb mute, stupid)

Noun

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The first known use of rum-dum was circa 1891

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“Rum-dum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rum-dum. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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