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bum

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noun \ˈbəm\

Definition of bum

  1. :  buttocks <fell down on his bum>

Origin and Etymology of bum

Middle English bom


First Known Use: 14th century


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bum

adjective

Definition of bum

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

  2. 2 :  affected or disabled by damage or injury <has a bum knee>

Examples of bum in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of bum

perhaps from 4bum


First Known Use: 1859


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bum

verb

Definition of bum

bummed

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bumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  loaf <bummed around the house all day>

  3. 2 :  to spend time unemployed and often wandering —often used with around <spent a couple of months bumming around Mexico>

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

Origin and Etymology of bum

probably back-formation from 1bummer


First Known Use: 1863


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bum

noun

Definition of bum

  1. 1a :  one who sponges (see 2sponge 2) off others and avoids work <He's a lazy bum.>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 <bums sleeping on park benches>

on the bum

  1. :  with no settled residence or means of support

Origin and Etymology of bum

probably short for 1bummer


First Known Use: 1864


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bum

noun

Definition of bum

  1. :  a drinking spree :  bender <a 2-day bum>

Origin and Etymology 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 and Etymology of bum

probably back-formation from 2bummer


First Known Use: 1973



BUM Defined for English Language Learners


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bum

adjective

Definition of bum for English Language Learners

  • : of bad quality

  • : not legally acceptable : not valid

  • : injured or damaged


BUM Defined for Kids

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bum

play
noun \ˈbəm\

Definition of bum for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who avoids work

  2. 2 :  2tramp 1, hobo


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bum

play
verb

Definition of bum for Students

bummed

bumming

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


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