To this profession also Simpson belonged, on whom Mr. Pickwick was ‘chummed’ in the Fleet prison.
And, if I recollect right, he chummed in with publicans and sinners.
I found out before my wedding that one of their men had been hanging about here, so I chummed up to him.
I chummed with them—yes—on gold-fields and in other places where a man has got to show the stuff that's in him.
Yes, of course; you'll be chummed with some fellow on Monday, and you can sit here till then.
I saw him nearly every evening, and in fact, we chummed together.
Rose and I have chummed together—all this season—and part of last—and—it's a hateful profession!
It was a big day for the McReadys when Chub chummed up with you, my boy.
Ruby Ellwell brought out her engagement to Bradley, the young stock broker her father had chummed with.
Those two have chummed together so long their methods are similar.
"friend," 1680s, originally university slang for "roommate," from alternative spelling of cham, short for chamber(mate); typical of the late-17c. fondness for clipped words. Among derived forms used 19c. were chumship; chummery "shared bachelor quarters," chummage "system of quartering more than one to a room."
"fish bait," 1857, perhaps from Scottish chum "food."
: Augie, start dumping the chum over
To throw ground-up bait into the water to attract fish: to chum for blues
[1850s+; origin unknown]
(also chum around): He chums with Georgie Ogle (1880s+)
[origin uncertain, but earlier uses strongly suggest chamber-mate or chamber-fellow as the etymon]