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chum1

[chuhm] /tʃʌm/
noun
1.
a close or intimate companion:
boyhood chums.
2.
a roommate, as at college.
verb (used without object), chummed, chumming.
3.
to associate closely.
4.
to share a room or rooms with another, especially in a dormitory at a college or prep school.
Origin of chum1
1675-1685
1675-85; of uncertain origin

chum2

[chuhm] /tʃʌm/
noun
1.
cut or ground bait dumped into the water to attract fish to the area where one is fishing.
2.
fish refuse or scraps discarded by a cannery.
verb (used without object), chummed, chumming.
3.
to fish by attracting fish by dumping cut or ground bait into the water.
verb (used with object), chummed, chumming.
4.
to dump chum into (a body of water) so as to attract fish.
5.
to lure (fish) with chum:
They chummed the fish with hamburger.
Origin
1855-60, Americanism; of uncertain origin
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  • “Been hunting the buffalo and chumming up with his old friend, Spotted Bull,” said Arkroyd.

  • So far they had gone no further than chumming like old friends.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Thomas Mugridge was beside himself, a blithering imbecile, so pleased was he at chumming thus with the captain.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • We found him chumming with the horse, and called him out of the stable.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • The subject of this reflection was quite happy in the bow, chumming with The Crew.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • So they are an odd pair to be chumming now in the Arctic circle.

  • Ain't that what I've been tryin' to preach to you ever since we've been chumming together?

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • Early next morning the newsboy went around the cars, and chumming on a more extended principle became the order of the hour.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The main unit, comprising the vessels equipped with the live-bait tanks, were to begin "chumming" at once within a given area.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
British Dictionary definitions for chumming

chum1

/tʃʌm/
noun
1.
(informal) a close friend
verb chums, chumming, chummed
2.
(intransitive) usually foll by up with. to be or become an intimate friend (of)
3.
(transitive) (Scot) to accompany: I'll chum you home
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: a person sharing rooms with another): probably shortened from chamber fellow, originally student slang (Oxford); compare crony

chum2

/tʃʌm/
noun
1.
(angling, mainly US & Canadian) chopped fish, meal, etc, used as groundbait
Word Origin
C19: origin uncertain

chum3

/tʃʊm/
noun
1.
a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta
Word Origin
from Chinook Jargon tsum spots, marks, from Chinook
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Word Origin and History for chumming

chum

n.

"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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for chumming

chum 2

noun

: Augie, start dumping the chum over

verb

To throw ground-up bait into the water to attract fish: to chum for blues

[1850s+; origin unknown]

chum 1

noun

  1. A very close friend; buddy, pal (1680s+ Students)
  2. Man; fellow; guy •Used in direct address esp to strangers, usually with mildly hostile overtones: Keep guessing, chum (1940s+)

verb

(also chum around): He chums with Georgie Ogle (1880s+)

[origin uncertain, but earlier uses strongly suggest chamber-mate or chamber-fellow as the etymon]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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