- bed-sitting room (British)
- one-room apartment
- efficiency apartment
(nautical) Off from the wind.
Other Word Forms of Room
Origin of Room
From Middle English roum, rom, rum, from Old English rÅ«m (“roomy, spacious, ample, extensive, large, open, unencumbered, unoccupied, temporal, long, extended, great, liberal, unrestricted, unfettered, clear, loose, free from conditions, free from occupation, not restrained within due limits, lax, far-reaching, abundant, noble, august"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«maz (“roomy, spacious"), from Proto-Indo-European *rowÉ™- (“free space"). Cognate with Scots roum (“spacious, roomy"), Dutch ruim (“roomy, spacious, wide"), Danish rum (“wide, spacious"), Icelandic rúmur (“spacious").
From Middle English roum, from Old English rÅ«m (“room, space"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«mÄ… (“room"), from Proto-Indo-European *rowÉ™- (“free space"). Cognate with Low German Ruum, Dutch ruim (“space"), German Raum (“space, interior space"), Danish rum (“space, locality"), Norwegian rom (“space"), Swedish rum (“space, location"), and also with Latin rÅ«s (“country, field, farm") through Indo-European. More at rural.
From Middle English rome, from Old English rÅ«me (“widely, spaciously, roomily, far and wide, so as to extend over a wide space, liberally, extensively, amply, abundantly, in a high degree, without restriction or encumbrance, without the pressure of care, light-heartedly, without obstruction, plainly, clearly, in detail"). Cognate with Dutch ruim (“amply", adv).
Apparently an exception to the Great Vowel Shift, which otherwise would have produced the pronunciation /ɹaÊŠm/, but /aÊŠ/ does not occur before noncoronal consonants in Modern English.
Middle English roum from Old English rūm reuə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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