- 1An alcoholic spirit distilled from sugar-cane residues or molasses: she fortified herself with a large tot of rum [count noun]: buy him a rum and he’ll tell you his life storyMore example sentences
- 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 drink.More example sentences
- 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.
mid 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of obsolete rumbullion, in the same sense.
adjective (rummer, rummest)British • informal , • dated
- Odd; peculiar: it’s a rum business, certainlyMore example sentences
- 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.
late 18th century: of unknown origin.