Main definitions of rum in English

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Rum1

noun

  • 1[mass noun] An 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 story’
    • ‘During the food festival, the cafe will be decorated in the Cuban fashion, live Cuban music will be played and Cuban cigars, wines and rums will be on display and for sale.’
    • ‘They ran up a bill and started rowing with the waitress over the cost of their vodkas and rums.’
    • ‘There are some fine tapas dishes and a wide choice of tasty Cuban rums and we recommend you lie back on antique couches and chairs and sample the menu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I hit the sack after having a few rums I can sleep very soundly.’
    • ‘Good wine and spirits shops usually carry a range of rums from various islands, but there are some exceptional blends that are rarely exported.’
    • ‘While spiced and coconut rums have been staples at the bar for years, new flavors are starting to appear.’
    • ‘He counseled using a mixture of light and dark rums in punches, because unlike other spirits, rums are better when you mix them together.’
    • ‘He would have a few rums, buy everyone a drink and sing a few verses of a song if he was asked.’
    • ‘While flavors are all the rage in both vodkas and rums, the market for each spirit type differs.’
    • ‘The pub has a large, varied and moderately-priced wine list, as well as a normal pub bar, and features a specials board for an interesting selection of different rums and whiskies.’
    • ‘Dinner finishes with rums from around the Caribbean in the rum shop.’
    • ‘If you mix three different rums with four kinds of fruit juice, the chances that the finished product will be a pleasant quaff are pretty good.’
    • ‘Drinks range from fine rums and whiskies to brandy, while art works and coffee table books add to an ambience of exclusive sophistication.’
    • ‘With a yellow bird on the Seagrape terrace, I sit transfixed as the cocktail, a blend of three local rums, accentuates the robust cacophony of tree frogs.’
    • ‘This bar is for more discerning drinkers with media babes cramming into funky upstairs booths after work to sample rare rums, tequilas and exotic Brazilian-syle tapas.’
    • ‘As with malt whisky, the dark rums are aged in oak barrels and caramel is added to produce extra colour, though in greater quantities than is added to whisky, especially in the case of dark rum.’
    • ‘And now my head hurts because I drank too many dirty rums.’
    • ‘The stunning gallery hosts over 450 single malts, rums and cognacs.’
    • ‘The dark brown colour of some rums is produced by the addition of generous amounts of caramel, which unfortunately tends to smother any flavours derived from distillation or maturation.’
    1. 1.1North American Intoxicating drink.
      • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

Rum

/rʌm/

Main definitions of rum in English

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adjective

British
informal, dated
  • Odd; peculiar.

    ‘it's a rum business, certainly’
    rummy
    • ‘We live in a rum world where politicians and the media put people on trial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The whole thing's been distinctly rum from the word go…’
    odd, strange, peculiar, unusual, funny, bizarre, queer, weird, curious, abnormal, singular
    suspicious, suspect, dubious, questionable
    unco
    funny peculiar
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Phrases

  • a rum go

    • dated A surprising occurrence or unforeseen turn of events.

Origin

Late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

rum

/rʌm/