rummy

adjective
rum·​my | \ ˈrə-mē How to pronounce rummy (audio) \
rummier; rummiest

Definition of rummy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

chiefly British, informal
: peculiar, odd One of the rummy things about Jeeves is that, unless you watch like a hawk, you very seldom see him come into a room.— P. G. Wodehouse

rummy

noun (1)
plural rummies

Definition of rummy (Entry 2 of 3)

rummy

noun (2)

Definition of rummy (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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 of consecutive sequence in the same suit and to be the first to meld them all

First Known Use of rummy

Adjective

1828, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1843, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rummy

Adjective

rum entry 2

Noun (1)

rum entry 1

Noun (2)

perhaps from rummy entry 1

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The first known use of rummy was in 1828

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27 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rummy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rummy. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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rummy

noun
rum·​my | \ ˈrə-mē How to pronounce rummy (audio) \

Kids Definition of rummy

: a card game in which each player tries to lay down cards in groups of three or more

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