Etymology

rummy (n.1)

card game, by 1905, rhum, rhummy, a word of unknown origin, perhaps from the drink, by analogy with whisky poker, or from card-playing terms in German (Rum) or Dutch (roem), which are related to German Ruhm "glory, fame." Gin rummy is attested by 1941.

rummy (n.2)

 "habitual drunkard," by 1851, from rum (n.) + -y (3); the meaning "opponent of temperance" in U.S. politics is from 1860. 

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updated on October 20, 2021