1

bum

play
noun \ ˈbəm \

Definition of bum

:buttocks
  • fell down on his bum

Origin and Etymology of bum

Middle English bom


2

bum

adjective

Definition of bum

1 a :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 :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


3

bum

verb

Definition of bum

bummed; bumming
intransitive verb
1 :loaf
  • bummed around the house all day
2 :to spend time unemployed and often wandering often used with around
  • spent a couple of months bumming around Mexico
transitive verb
:to obtain by asking or begging :cadge
  • bum a cigarette

Origin and Etymology of bum

probably back-formation from 1bummer


4

bum

noun

Definition of bum

1 a :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 :vagrant, tramp
  • bums sleeping on park benches
on the bum
:with no settled residence or means of support

Origin and Etymology of bum

probably short for 1bummer


5

bum

noun

Definition of bum

:a drinking spree :bender
  • a 2-day bum

Origin and Etymology of bum

perhaps from 3bum


6

bum

verb

Definition of bum

transitive verb
US, informal
:disappoint, depress usually used with out
  • The news really bummed me out.

Origin and Etymology of bum

probably back-formation from 2bummer



BUM Defined for English Language Learners

bum

adjective

Definition of bum for English Language Learners

  • : of bad quality

  • : not legally acceptable : not valid

  • : injured or damaged


BUM Defined for Kids

1

bum

play
noun \ ˈbəm \

Definition of bum for Students

1 :a person who avoids work
2 :2tramp 1, hobo

2

bum

verb

Definition of bum for Students

bummed; bumming
:to obtain by asking or begging
  • Can I bum a dollar from you?

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