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chum

play
noun \ˈchəm\

Definition of chum

  1. :  a close friend :  pal

chumship

play \-ˌship\ noun

Origin and Etymology of chum

perhaps by shortening & alteration from chamber fellow roommate


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chum

verb

Definition of chum

chummed

;

chumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to room together

  3. 2a :  to be a close friendb :  to show affable friendliness

First Known Use of chum

1730


3

chum

noun

Definition of chum

  1. :  animal or vegetable matter (such as chopped fish or corn) thrown overboard to attract fish

Origin and Etymology of chum

origin unknown

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


4

chum

verb

Definition of chum

chummed

;

chumming

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to attract with chum

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to throw chum overboard to attract fish

First Known Use of chum

1857

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


5

chum

noun

Definition of chum

Origin and Etymology of chum

Chinook Jargon cəm spotted, striped, from Lower Chinook c̓ə́m variegated

Other Fishes Terms



CHUM Defined for Kids

1

chum

play
noun \ˈchəm\

Definition of chum for Students

  1. :  a close friend :  pal


2

chum

play
verb

Definition of chum for Students

chummed

;

chumming

  1. :  to spend time with as a friend She likes to chum around with older students.



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