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A watery or thin mucous discharge from the eyes or nose.

[Middle English reume, from Old French, from Late Latin rheuma, from Greek, a flowing, rheum; see sreu- in Indo-European roots.]

rheum′y adj.


1. (Physiology) of the nature of rheum
2. literary damp and unhealthy: the rheumy air.


(ˈru mi)

adj. rheum•i•er, rheum•i•est.
pertaining to, causing, full of, or affected with rheum.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rheumy - moist, damp, wet (especially of air); "the raw and theumy damp of night air"
wet - covered or soaked with a liquid such as water; "a wet bathing suit"; "wet sidewalks"; "wet weather"
2.rheumy - of or pertaining to arthritisrheumy - of or pertaining to arthritis; "my creaky old joints"; "rheumy with age and grief"
unhealthy - not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind; "unhealthy ulcers"


[ˈruːmɪ] ADJ [eyes] → legañoso, pitañoso


adj eyeswässrig
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Prine's bout of throat cancer in the 90s has left his voice rheumy and decimated - yet perfectly in keeping with the wry angles of his songs.
Turner Her rheumy eyes fill with tears and there is a slight shake of her head.
"I enjoy serving them-- they are the guests of God," said El-Sawy, rubbing eyes that are rheumy with age.
It clearly illuminated the road sign, even though my rheumy old eyes weren't quite able to read it.
One fly settles by his rheumy right eye, another crawls slowly down his cheek, almost to his lips as he carries on talking obliviously.
(Defying celebrity profile protocol, I neglected to jot down either what she had on - I dimly recall black pants and a black top - or what she ordered for lunch.) She still sounded somewhat froggy, and her eyes were a little rheumy, but she had rallied.
When Alcantara steps into the room, the dull, rheumy eyes of the residents light up, and words of welcome pour out.
She even describes the elderly dog she saw yesterday - how the rheumy eyes of his equally elderly owner filled up when Sophie broke the news that her beloved Labrador didn't have long.
"His gaze is arrested," assures the charlatan, his observation contradicted by the feverish monarch's rheumy, reddened eyes.
His eyes were rheumy but his skin was surprisingly unwrinkled.
When a mark appears on the security screen ringing the bell, Volpone whips off his satin lounger jacket and leaps into bed in a scrag wig and rheumy eye drops.
His life is equally constrained by the community's related perceptions of poor whites, typified by the observations of local entrepreneur and deacon Roy Dial: "There was no point attempting to reach these Ratliffs and Scurlees and Odums, these youngsters with their rheumy eyes and pinched faces, their glue-sniffing mothers, their tattooed fornicating fathers.