of, caused by, characteristic of, or having rheumatism
Origin of rheumaticMiddle English reumatike ; from Old French reumatique ; from Classical Latin rheumaticus ; from Classical Greek rheumatikos: see rheum
a person who has rheumatism
Dial. rheumatic pains
Of, relating to, or suffering from rheumatism.
- One who is affected by rheumatism.
- rheumatics Informal Pains caused by rheumatism.
Origin of rheumaticMiddle English reumatik, of rheum, from Old French reumatique, from Latin rheumaticus, suffering from rheum, from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma, rheumat-, stream; see rheum.
(comparative more rheumatic, superlative most rheumatic)
- (rare) A person suffering from rheumatism