There are 2 definitions of rum in English:

rum1

Syllabification: rum
Pronunciation: /rəm
 
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noun

  • 1An alcoholic liquor distilled from sugar-cane residues or molasses.
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    • As for the cocktails - gins, rums, vodkas and whiskeys mix effortlessly with exotic Indian and eastern fruits and flavours, the perfect balance of two cultures.
    • Drinks range from fine rums and whiskies to brandy, while art works and coffee table books add to an ambience of exclusive sophistication.
    • While flavors are all the rage in both vodkas and rums, the market for each spirit type differs.
  • 1.1North American Intoxicating liquor.
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    • He said it was the liquor, rum and rotgut, which made him ill, but all of our servants couldn't lift him up straight when the doctor came a visiting, and I reckon it was something worse.

Origin

mid 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of obsolete rumbullion, in the same sense.

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There are 2 definitions of rum in English:

rum2

Syllabification: rum
Pronunciation: /
 
rəm/

adjective (rummer, rummest)

British informal dated
  • Odd; peculiar: it’s a rum business, certainly they were a rum bunch
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    • It's certainly a rum old place, this Brave New World.
    • Someone had decided to cajole this rum collection of musicians into an all-hands-to-the-pump version of John Lennon's Across the Universe.
    • Since time immemorial man has caught fish and whales, but in the past three decades a rum situation has emerged.

Derivatives

rumly

adverb

rumness

noun
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  • I seem to remember the captain pointing out its rumness in a less polite way in the recent series too.

Origin

late 18th century: of unknown origin.

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