rummy

noun (1)
rum·​my | \ ˈrə-mē How to pronounce rummy (audio) \

Definition of rummy

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: 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 — see also gin rummy

rummy

noun (2)
plural rummies

Definition of rummy (Entry 2 of 4)

rummier; rummiest

Definition of rummy (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : of, involving, or containing rum a rummy drink rummy lunches go on for hours under the palms.Town & Country She loves a good rum cake, and I got one of the rummiest.— Ivana Martini
2 : affected by or as if by an excessive intake of rum At higher altitudes, oxygen also helps boost your energy and keeps you from getting rummy.— Lou Whittaker and Andrea Gabbard
rummier; rummiest

Definition of rummy (Entry 4 of 4)

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

First Known Use of rummy

Noun (1)

1910, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1843, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (1)

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rummy

Noun (1)

derivative of rum, rhum, an earlier name for the game (of obscure origin), with a suffix of uncertain identity, perhaps -y entry 4

Noun (2)

rum entry 1 + -y entry 4

Adjective (1)

rum entry 1 + -y entry 1

Adjective (2)

rum entry 2 + -y entry 1

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“Rummy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rummy. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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