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bum

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noun \ˈbəm\

Definition of bum



Origin of bum

Middle English bom


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with bum


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bum

adjective

Simple Definition of bum

  • : of bad quality

  • : not legally acceptable : not valid

  • : injured or damaged

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bum

  1. 1 a :  of poor quality or nature <bum advice> b :  not valid or deserved <a bum check> c :  not pleasant or enjoyable <a bum trip>

  2. 2 :  affected or disabled by damage or injury


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bum

verb,

Definition of bum

bummedbumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  loaf

  3. 2 :  to spend time unemployed and often wandering —often used with around

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to obtain by asking or begging :  cadge <bum a cigarette>



Origin of bum

probably back-formation from 1bummer


First Known Use: 1863


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bum

noun

Definition of bum

  1. 1 a :  one who sponges off others and avoids work b :  one who performs a function poorly <called the umpire a bum> c :  one whose time is devoted to a recreational activity <a beach bum> <ski bums>

  2. 2 :  vagrant, tramp

on the bum
  1. :  with no settled residence or means of support



Origin of bum

probably short for 1bummer


First Known Use: 1864


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bum

noun

Definition of bum

  1. :  a drinking spree :  bender



Origin of bum

perhaps from 3bum


First Known Use: 1863


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bum

verb

Definition of bum

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  disappoint, depress —often used with out <the news really bummed me out>



Origin of bum

probably back-formation from 2bummer


First Known Use: 1973



BUM Defined for Kids

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bum

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noun \ˈbəm\

Definition of bum for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who avoids work

  2. 2 :  2tramp 1, hobo




2

bum

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verb

Definition of bum for Students

bummedbumming

  1. :  to obtain by asking or begging <Can I bum a dollar from you?>




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