Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alcoholic liquor distilled from fermented molasses or sugar cane.
  • n. Intoxicating beverages.
  • adj. Chiefly British Odd; strange.
  • adj. Chiefly British Presenting danger or difficulty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A distilled spirit derived from fermented cane sugar and molasses
  • n. A serving of rum
  • n. A kind or brand of rum
  • n. A queer or odd person or thing.
  • n. A country parson.
  • adj. strange, peculiar

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Old-fashioned; queer; odd.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A queer or odd person or thing; a country parson.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Good; fine; hence, satirically, in present use, queer; odd; droll.
  • n. Any odd, queer person or thing; an oddity.
  • n. Spirit distilled from the juice of the sugar-cane in any form, commonly from the refuse juice left from sugar-making, but often from molasses, as especially in countries where the sugar-cane is not produced.
  • n. Any distilled liquor or strong alcoholic drink: much used in reprobation, with reference to intemperance: as, the evils of rum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. liquor distilled from fermented molasses
  • adj. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
  • n. a card game based on collecting sets and sequences; the winner is the first to meld all their cards

Etymologies

Probably short for obsolete rumbullion.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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