Green’s Dictionary of Slang

rheumatiz n.

also rheumatis, rheumatise, rheumatize, rumaties, rumatise, rumatiz


[UK]Foote The Minor 40: My old disorder, the rheumatise.
[UK]New Brooms! I: None of your whipper-snapper Lilliputians – ate up with the gout and the rheumatis.
[Scot]W. Scott Old Mortality in Waverley II (1855) 392: Robin’s ill o’ the rheumatize, and he’s to his bed too.
[UK]‘Peter Corcoran’ ‘King Tims the First’ Fancy 30: I have the rheumatiz, and you the gout.
[UK]Mr Mathews’ Comic Annual 20: What, are you lame – have you got the rheumatis?
[US]S. Smith Major Downing (1834) 23: The wet and cold [...] brought on the rumaties. [Ibid.] 61: Your father has got the rumatise dreadfully.
[US]T. Haliburton Sam Slick in England I 99: The only thing you get for nothin’ here is rain and smoke, the rumatiz and scorny airs.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Handley Cross (1854) 314: Th’ ’ounds got starved, th’ ’osses got cold, and i got the rheumatis.
[US]J.M. Field Drama in Pokerville 131: Ken Mesmerism come the re-mee-jil over rheumatiz?
[US]M. Griffith Autobiog. of a Female Slave 335: You know how you allers suffers in cold wedder wid de rheumatiz.
[UK]J. Greenwood Little Ragamuffin 230: Ain’t my rheumatiz bad enough, beggar you.
[US]E. Eggleston Hoosier School-Master (1892) 121: And you know the cure for rheumatiz?
[US]G.W. Peck Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1887) 34: He is awful ’fraid of rheumatiz.
[Aus]Launceston Examiner (Tas.) 26 Mar. 2/5: I know some on us as got rheumatiz bad in our backs.
[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden Explains 92: Say, I always taut widdys was old [...] and has rheumatiz.
[US]J.D. Corrothers Black Cat Club 90: ‘Chop down de tree!’ [...] yells Uncle Ephum, rollin’ and groanin’ wid his rheumatiz.
[UK]G. Stratton-Porter Harvester 366: This spring I was all crippled up with the rheumatiz.
[US]J. Tully Shanty Irish 7: It’s the damned rheumatiz eatin’ at the sad heart o’ me.
[US]L. Hughes Mulatto in Three Negro Plays (1969) Act I: How’s the rheumatiz today?
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 149: [It] would have made a bull with the rheumatiz begin pawing and prancing.
[US]H. Gold Man Who Was Not With It (1965) 196: Don’t catch the roo-ma-tiz.
[US](con. 1916) G. Swarthout Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 48: He [...] caught the rheumatiz an’ catarrh.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 581: Cain’t make my fingers go that fast now. It’s the rheumatiz.