Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An alcoholic liquor distilled from fermented molasses or sugar cane.
  • noun Intoxicating beverages.
  • adjective Odd; strange.
  • adjective Presenting danger or difficulty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Any distilled liquor or strong alcoholic drink: much used in reprobation, with reference to intemperance: as, the evils of rum.
  • Good; fine; hence, satirically, in present use, queer; odd; droll.
  • noun Any odd, queer person or thing; an oddity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Slang Old-fashioned; queer; odd.
  • noun 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.
  • noun [Colloq.] a grog blossom.
  • noun a drink composed of rum, water, sugar, and lime juice or lemon juice, with some flavoring extract.
  • noun Slang, Obs. A queer or odd person or thing; a country parson.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A distilled spirit derived from fermented cane sugar and molasses
  • noun countable A serving of rum
  • noun countable A kind or brand of rum
  • noun obsolete, slang A queer or odd person or thing.
  • noun obsolete, slang A country parson.
  • adjective UK, colloquial, dated strange, peculiar

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Probably short for obsolete rumbullion.]

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

[Origin unknown.]

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  • adjective, meaning odd or peculiar

    March 31, 2007

  • See ethyl formate.

    April 26, 2009

  • A fine quotation on kibe-heel.

    June 9, 2010