American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large drinking cup or glass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drinking-glass or -cup; also, a cupful of wine or other liquor. The name is especially given to the tall and showy glasses, nearly cylindrical in form and without stem, which are identified with German glassware of the seventeenth century.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A large and tall glass, or drinking cup.
- n. a large drinking glass (ovoid bowl on a stem) for drinking toasts
- Dutch roemer, romer, akin to German römer, Swedish remmare; perhaps properly, Roman. (Wiktionary)
- German Römer, from Dutch roemer, from roem, praise, from Middle Dutch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“rummer" a quantity of spirit that four fingers would never half conceal.”
“The Darth Jackson dude got rhough but the little rummer didnt?”
“For this purpose, I have never found anything better than Henry Dean's thick, clear-glass rummer henrydean.be .”
“The glover was soon heard loudly summoning Dorothy, and, after some clanking of keys and trampling up and down stairs, Dorothy appeared bearing three large rummer cups of green glass, which were then esteemed a great and precious curiosity, and the glover followed with a huge bottle, equal at least to three quarts of these degenerate days.”
“Then I made him a rummer of toddy and sent him to bed a trifle comforted.”
“He took the bauble, and set it on the foot of a rummer which stood on the table; and in half a minute he had the counterpart in size, shape, and line; but without the inscription.”
“The other man did not stir until his officer was out of sight; and then he arose and rubbed himself, but did not care to go for his rummer of hot grog.”
“If I've learned one thing in this wicked life, it is that no one, however rich, lays out cash for nothing, and the more they spend the rummer the business is likely to be.”
“Ah, it's a rum world as we all lives in, and in nothink much rummer than in the wunderfool power of a bewtifool face, ah, and as sumbody says, for Wheel or for Wo, jest as it appens, more's the pitty.”
“And she took the old glass -- a rummer it was -- and she carried it very daintily to the boys and bowed.”
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