bummer

noun (1)
bum·​mer | \ ˈbə-mər How to pronounce bummer (audio) \

Definition of bummer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that bums

bummer

noun (2)

Definition of bummer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an unpleasant experience (such as a bad reaction to a hallucinogenic drug)
2 : failure, flop

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First Known Use of bummer

Noun (1)

1855, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bummer

Noun (1)

probably modification of German Bummler loafer, from bummeln to dangle, loaf

Noun (2)

bum entry 2 + -er entry 2

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“Bummer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bummer. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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