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noun (1)

rum·​my ˈrə-mē How to pronounce rummy (audio)
: 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


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noun (2)

plural rummies


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adjective (1)

rummier; rummiest
: 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
: 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


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adjective (2)

rummier; rummiest
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

Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of rummy was in 1742

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Cite this Entry

“Rummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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