bum


1bum

noun \ˈbəm\

Definition of BUM

:  buttocks

Origin of BUM

Middle English bom
First Known Use: 14th century

2bum

adjective

: of bad quality

: not legally acceptable : not valid

: injured or damaged

Full Definition of BUM

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
:  affected or disabled by damage or injury

Examples of BUM

  1. <that was bum advice that you got from that chat room>

Origin of BUM

perhaps from 4bum
First Known Use: 1859

3bum

verb
bummedbum·ming

Definition of BUM

intransitive verb
1
:  loaf
2
:  to spend time unemployed and often wandering —often used with around
transitive verb
:  to obtain by asking or begging :  cadge <bum a cigarette>

Origin of BUM

probably back-formation from 1bummer
First Known Use: 1863

4bum

noun

Definition of BUM

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
:  vagrant, tramp
on the bum
:  with no settled residence or means of support

Origin of BUM

probably short for 1bummer
First Known Use: 1864

5bum

noun

Definition of BUM

:  a drinking spree :  bender

Origin of BUM

perhaps from 3bum
First Known Use: 1863

6bum

verb

Definition of BUM

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

Origin of BUM

probably back-formation from 2bummer
First Known Use: 1973

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