Main definitions of rummy in English

: rummy1rummy2

rummy1

noun

  • A card game, sometimes played with two decks, in which the players try to form sets and sequences of cards.

    • ‘As it is, you have a tidy game full of player interaction, with a ruleset that is similar enough to rummy to make it easy to learn and different enough to make the game feel original.’
    • ‘They are confusing me with the rules for all these new variations on rummy.’
    • ‘Ambusch is a card game that combines elements of rummy and poker.’
    • ‘Granny would draw the curtains lest the neighbours should spot us playing rummy in her front room.’
    • ‘The second floor seemed to be the card floor, and it was split into several areas with signs to mark off each area; there were places for blackjack, poker, craps, rummy and the rest.’
    • ‘Afterwards we went in together and ate our soup with the roti and then, in the lantern light by the fire, played rummy for imaginary sums.’
    • ‘I remember the house still had gas lighting and that I was introduced to cards - whist and rummy.’
    • ‘Gin Rummy is one of the most popular forms of rummy.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, this tile game is related to the card game rummy.’
    • ‘He met his buddies for coffee every morning on campus, and every afternoon at the club he played rummy.’
    • ‘While the men played poker and rummy in the bunk-house I read one of my books in the barn.’
    • ‘As in basic rummy, a meld is a combination of cards from your hand which you place face up on the table, where it stays until the end of a hand.’
    • ‘Only in the meld scoring forms of rummy including 500 Rum, canasta and their relatives is the main aim of the game to form combinations that score points.’
    • ‘Leigh discovered a deck of cards and challenged Amber to a game of rummy.’
    • ‘Saturday nights after dinner are good times for card games: crazy eights, rummy, old maid, poker, 21.’
    • ‘Later that night, after Matthew had arrived and everyone unpacked, Christopher and the guys were playing a game of rummy in their room.’
    • ‘As the week went on he taught her gin, he taught her hearts, he taught her rummy.’
    • ‘Card games and mah-jongg, a Chinese game similar to rummy that is played with ivory tiles, regularly involve gambling.’
    • ‘As played by Americans, it was a sort of cross between rummy and dominoes involving building walls and then breaking them down.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

rummy

/ˈrəmē/

Main definitions of rummy in English

: rummy1rummy2

rummy2

adjective

  • another term for rum
    • ‘It was a rummy feeling hearing the shells coming.’

Pronunciation

rummy

/ˈrəmē/