bum around

variants: or British bum about

Definition of bum around

informal
1 :to spend time relaxing in (a place) instead of working
  • I spent the whole day just bumming around the house.
2 :to spend time living and traveling in (a place) without a job or much money
  • After graduation, she bummed around Mexico for a while.

Word by Word Definitions

bum play
  1. : buttocks

  1. : of poor quality or nature

  2. : not valid or deserved

  3. : not pleasant or enjoyable

  1. : loaf

  2. : to spend time unemployed and often wandering

  3. : to obtain by asking or begging : cadge

  1. : one who sponges (see 2sponge 2) off others and avoids work

  2. : one who performs a function poorly

  3. : one whose time is devoted to a recreational activity

  1. : a drinking spree : bender

  1. : disappoint, depress

around play
  1. : in a circle or in circumference

  2. : in, along, or through a circuit

  3. : on all or various sides : in every or any direction

  1. : on all sides of

  2. : so as to encircle or enclose

  3. : so as to avoid or get past : on or to another side of

  1. : about

  2. : being in existence, evidence, or circulation


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