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Sep 20, 2018
This week’s theme
Words that have many unrelated meanings

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columbine
raddle
mizzle
rummy
gage

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rummy

PRONUNCIATION:
(RUH-mee)

MEANING:
adjective:Odd or unconventional.
noun1. Drunkard.
2. Any of various card games in which the objective is to make sets or sequences of three or more cards.

ETYMOLOGY:
adjective:Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1828.
noun:1. From rum (an alcoholic drink distilled from sugarcane products). Earliest documented use: 1843.
2. Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1910.

USAGE:
“Fighting jet lag and no sleep in the last forty-eight hours, Pete felt rummy.”
Lindsay McKenna; Beyond the Limit; Harlequin; 2006.

“‘Ol’ Rummy, drunk as a skunk,’ Smitty laughed.”
Joseph R. Barry; Basking in the Cold War; Xlibris; 2010.

See more usage examples of rummy in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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