bleacher bum


: a sports fan and especially a baseball fan who frequently attends games and sits in the bleachers
From the grandstands, they saw bleacher bums sprawling in the sun beyond the outfield, …Brent Staples, New York Times Magazine, 17 May 1987
He was born near Wrigley Field. And, says Bob (Chicago) Girsch, "I was a left-field bleacher bum for 15 years. I hung out with all the crazies."Beth Ann Krier, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 1989

Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bleacher bum was in 1969

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near bleacher bum

Cite this Entry

“Bleacher bum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!