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

The pilot, of course, survives with his last bottle of rum. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Ride a mechanical taco and drink up at South Florida’s 5 best pop-up bars this fall," 28 Aug. 2019 All of them have the same base: egg yolks, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla and — get this — spiced rum. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Decadent French toast recipes from Breakfast Republic’s chef," 13 Aug. 2019 And two of the best cakes in greater San Antonio live here, a three-layer Italian cream cake with tiny vials of rum, and a s’mores cake wearing a bruleed marshmallow like a beauty pageant sash. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Kindling Texas Kitchen in Cibolo breaks the rules for Texas food," 1 Aug. 2019 The latest, Pina Colada, is out now and is described as a rich coconut ice cream mixed with chunks of sweet pineapple and a hint of rum. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Graeter’s Ice Cream celebrates 149th birthday with cheap cones, new bonus flavors," 15 July 2019 The next year, 1778, General George Washington celebrated with a thirteen-gun-salute, one for each of the colonies, along with a double ration of rum for his troops. Elliot Ackerman, Time, "The Absurd Fight Over President Trump's July 4th 'Salute to America'," 3 July 2019 Car dealers excepted, few state lobbies are as ferociously protectionist as purveyors of demon rum. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sobriety About the Commerce Clause," 26 June 2019 An irreverent list of cocktails includes Mr. T's Mystery Tea (Jeremiah Weed, Chambord, lemon) and the must-try Kokeshi Mule (Deacon Giles spiced rum, ginger beer, cilantro, and lime). Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Soltis currently serves its pecan and rye whiskeys plus spiced rum containing molasses and sugar from their Louisiana contacts. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, chicagotribune.com, "In Thornton, Soltis family distills spirits amid remnants of South Side bootleg lore," 29 Mar. 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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