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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ From beneath it he pulled a fifth of rum.
▪ I bought some rum in special, but those boys finished that.
▪ Mix chocolate with dry ingredients, add the rum.
▪ Stephen asked Christina for a splash of rum in his lime squash and Michael Stein followed suit.
▪ The rum was making me happy, or else just dizzy.
▪ The Lords are a famously rum bunch.
▪ Then came the rum, and talk began again.
▪ Trent thanked him and poured another round of rum.
▪ Running the rum shack was a lone, bold and beautiful woman, with the unlikely name of Madonna.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rum \Rum\, n. A queer or odd person or thing; a country parson. [Slang, Obs.]


Rum \Rum\, n. [probably shortened from Prov. E. rumbullion a great tumult, formerly applied in the island of Barbadoes to an intoxicating liquor.] A kind of intoxicating liquor distilled from cane juice, or from the scummings of the boiled juice, or from treacle or molasses, or from the lees of former distillations. Also, sometimes used colloquially as a generic or a collective name for intoxicating liquor.

Rum bud, a grog blossom. [Colloq.]

Rum shrub, a drink composed of rum, water, sugar, and lime juice or lemon juice, with some flavoring extract.


Rum \Rum\, a. [Formerly rome, a slang word for good; possibly of Gypsy origin; cf. Gypsy rom a husband, a gypsy.] Old-fashioned; queer; odd; as, a rum idea; a rum fellow. [Slang]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"liquor from sugar cane or molasses," 1650s, shortening of rumbullion (1651), rombostion (1652), of uncertain origin, perhaps from rum (adj.).The chiefe fudling they make in the Island [i.e. Barbados] is Rumbullion alias Kill-Devill, and this is made of suggar cane distilled, a hott, hellish and terrible liquor. ["A briefe Description of the Island of Barbados," 1651]The English word was borrowed into Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Russian. Used since 1800 in North America as a general (hostile) name for intoxicating liquors.\n\nRum I take to be the name which unwashed moralists apply alike to the product distilled from molasses and the noblest juices of the vineyard. Burgundy in "all its sunset glow" is rum. Champagne, soul of "the foaming grape of Eastern France," is rum. ... Sir, I repudiate the loathsome vulgarism as an insult to the first miracle wrought by the Founder of our religion!

[Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table," 1891]


"excellent, fine, good, valuable," 1560s, from rome "fine" (1560s), said to be from Romany rom "male, husband" (see Romany). E.g. rum kicks "Breeches of gold or silver brocade, or richly laced with gold or silver" [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1785].\n

\nA very common 16c. cant word, by 1774 it also had come to mean "odd, strange, bad, spurious," perhaps because it had been so often used approvingly by rogues in reference to one another. This was the main sense after c.1800.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context uncountable English) A distilled spirit derived from fermented cane sugar and molasses. 2 (context countable English) A serving of rum. 3 (context countable English) A kind or brand of rum. 4 (context obsolete slang English) A queer or odd person or thing. 5 (context obsolete slang English) A country parson. Etymology 2

a. 1 (context obsolete English) fine, excellent, valuable. (16th c.) 2 (context British colloquial dated English) strange, peculiar. (18th c.) Etymology 3

n. (lb en rare) The card game rummy.


adj. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior" [syn: curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rummy, singular]

  1. n. distilled from fermented molasses

  2. a card game based on collecting sets and sequences; the winner is the first to meld all their cards [syn: rummy]

Rum (disambiguation)

Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses or sugar cane juice.

Rum may also refer to:


RUM can refer to:

  • the Remington Ultra Magnum family of cartridges
  • the US Military designation for a ship-launched, anti-submarine guided missile. Examples include the RUM-139 VL-ASROC
  • Real-User Monitoring (RUM) is a term used in measuring internet web application performance.
  • University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Rum (song)

"Rum" is a song recorded by American country music duo Brothers Osborne. It was released in March 2014 as their second single. The song was written by the duo, along with Barry Dean.

Rum (film)

Rum is an upcoming Indian Tamil horror film, written and directed by Sai Bharath. Featuring Hrishikesh, Narain, Sanchita Shetty and Miya George in the lead roles, the film's score and soundtrack is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The film began production during early 2016.A single 'Hola Amigo' released on 25th April 2016


Rûm , also transliterated as Roum or Rhum (in Koine Greek "Ρωμιοί" - Romioi, "Romans", in Arabic الرُّومُ ar-Rūm, Persian/ Turkish Rûm), is a generic term used at different times in the Muslim world to refer to:

  • ethnocultural minorities such as the various Christian groups living in the Near East and their descendants, notably the Antiochian Greek Christians who are members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Syria, Lebanon, Northern Israel and the Hatay Province in Southern Turkey whose liturgy is still based on Koine Greek (called Al-Rûm)
  • more generally, to Greek Orthodox community members of the Ottoman Empire and also citizens of Turkey (Rûmi or Rûm in the broader sense, but that use is disappearing from the quasi-extinction of Greek communities in Izmir, Istanbul, Cappadocia, and the Black Sea coast).
  • geographic areas such as the Balkans and Anatolia generally to the Eastern Roman Empire in particular or to the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm in Medieval Turkey.

The name derives from the Greek word Ρωμιοί (singular ), a later form in Greek of Rhomaioi: "Romans". It refers to the Byzantine Empire, which was then simply known as the "Roman Empire" and had not yet acquired the designation "Byzantine," an academic term applied only after its dissolution. The city of Rome itself is known in modern Arabic as Rūmā (in Classical Arabic Rūmiyah ). The Arabic term Rûm is found in the pre-Islamic Namara inscription and later in the Quran. In the Sassanian period (pre-Islamic Persia) the word Hrōmāy-īg meant "Roman" or "Byzantine", which was derived from Rhomaioi.


Rùm , a Scottish Gaelic name often anglicised to Rum, is one of the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides, in the district of Lochaber, Scotland. For much of the 20th century the name became Rhum, a spelling invented by the former owner, Sir George Bullough, because he did not relish the idea of having the title " Laird of Rum".

It is the largest of the Small Isles, and the 15th largest Scottish island, but is inhabited by only about thirty or so people, all of whom live in the village of Kinloch on the east coast. The island has been inhabited since the 8th millennium BC and provides some of the earliest known evidence of human occupation in Scotland. The early Celtic and Norse settlers left only a few written accounts and artefacts. From the 12th to 13th centuries on, the island was held by various clans including the MacLeans of Coll. The population grew to over 400 by the late 18th century but was cleared of its indigenous population between 1826 and 1828. The island then became a sporting estate, the exotic Kinloch Castle being constructed by the Bulloughs in 1900. Rùm was purchased by the Nature Conservancy Council in 1957.

Rùm is mainly igneous in origin, and its mountains have been eroded by Pleistocene glaciation. It is now an important study site for research in ecology, especially of red deer, and is the site of a successful reintroduction programme for the white-tailed sea eagle. Its economy is entirely dependent on Scottish Natural Heritage, a public body that now manages the island, and there have been calls for a greater diversity of housing provision. A Caledonian MacBrayne ferry links the island with the mainland town of Mallaig.

Usage examples of "rum".

Instead they laboured to bring aboard water, firewood, hogsheads of beer, rum, and lime juice, and cases of wine.

A bomb aimer was sick in the bar after drinking whisky mixed with rum.

Zombies, several bottles of that disgusting lemon alcopop and a rum and Coke.

Many were half drunk, for their officers had issued extra rations of arrack and rum.

Blood-maddened redcoats, fed on arrack and rum, roamed the vast stronghold with bayonets and greed both sharpened.

The bhinjanies all sold chickens, rice, flour, beans and, best of all, the throat-burning skins of arrack which could make a man drunk even faster than rum.

We were sitting under a baobab tree, a weird, muscled sculpture with branches like roots sprouting white, starlike flowers, drinking the rum and talking about the locals.

I wanted to drive deep into the Atchafalaya Swamp, past the confines of reason, into the past, into a world of lost dialects, gator hunters, busthead whiskey, moss harvesters, Jax beer, trotline runners, moonshiners, muskrat trappers, cockfights, bloodred boudin, a jigger of Jim Beam lowered into a frosted schooner of draft, outlaw shrimpers, dirty rice black from the pot, hogmeat cooked in rum, Pearl and Regal and Grand Prize and Lone Star iced down in washtubs, crawfish boiled with cob corn and artichokes, all of it on the tree-flooded, alluvial rim of the world, where the tides and the course of the sun were the only measures of time.

A board was found, fixed on two saddles and covered with a horsecloth, a small samovar was produced and a cellaret and half a bottle of rum, and having asked Mary Hendrikhovna to preside, they all crowded round her.

Walton selected a private room, lunched lightly on baked chlorella steak and filtered rum, and dialed a twelve-minute nap.

You may think, as judges say when they mean you ought to think, that it was an extremely rum thing for him to leave the syringe in the cruet after the job was done.

And that rum fellow Dever came out with apocalyptic warnings of the consequences were the stopcock closed.

Stone and Dino gratefully sipped their drinks, which were laced with rum.

El Dorado, and stay put in Sigisa, drinking rum and dancing till dawn.

Through those who have met the little boats from the rum ships, you have gained the help of Silk Dowdy and those other men who are watching Legira.