Green’s Dictionary of Slang

rum n.2

SE in slang uses

In compounds

rum bump (n.) [1950s] (W.I.)

1. the adam’s apple.

2. a swelling in the throat supposedly caused by excessive rum drinking.


see separate entries.

rumhead (n.) [-head sfx (4)]

[late 19C+] a drunkard, esp. a rum-drinker.

rum-hole (n.) (also rum-joint) [hole n.1 (2b)/joint n. (3b)]

[early 19C–1920s] (US) orig. a cheap tavern, specializing in rum; a bar, any cheap drinking place.

rum hound (n.) [-hound sfx]

[1910s–50s] a heavy drinker.

rum-jar (n.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) a heavy drinker; a drunkard.

rum-mill (n.)

see separate entry.

rumpot (n.)

see separate entry.

rum repository (n.)

[late 19C–1900s] (US) a bar.

rum row (n.) [SE, on the lines of agglomerations of similar enterprises, e.g. Publishers’ Row, Restaurant Row etc.]

[1910s-20s] (US Und.) a bootlegger’s fleet, held in international waters and thus beyond US jurisdiction.

rum slim (n.) [SE rum + var. on SAmE sling, a form of cocktail; ? ult. sling n.1 ]

[late 18C–mid-19C] rum punch.

rum-sucker (n.)

[mid-19C; 2000s] (US) a heavy, habitual drinker.

In phrases