- a close or intimate companion: boyhood chums.
- a roommate, as at college.
- to associate closely.
- to share a room or rooms with another, especially in a dormitory at a college or prep school.
Origin of chum1
- cut or ground bait dumped into the water to attract fish to the area where one is fishing.
- fish refuse or scraps discarded by a cannery.
- to fish by attracting fish by dumping cut or ground bait into the water.
- to dump chum into (a body of water) so as to attract fish.
- to lure (fish) with chum: They chummed the fish with hamburger.
Origin of chum2
Examples from the Web for chums
Once chums and collaborators, they had irretrievably drifted apart.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
“Cressida has said Kate is not keen on her relationship with Harry,” one of her chums tells the Telegraph's Richard Eden.Is Kate Middleton Trying to Block Cressida And Harry's Marriage Plans?
September 11, 2013
Habitually unable to contain his choleric temper, Kennedy cut loose when addressing his former Harvard chums in 1937.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life
November 21, 2012
Whether out for date night or lunch with chums, the restaurant-hopping first couple exude a heady sense of glamour and excitement.First Food Critics
May 30, 2009
He certainly did enjoy action more than any one of the chums.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
I saw one of my chums going past the end of the street, sir, and I ran after him.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
His chums looked at him, wondering at the emphasis he put in his words.
His chums, coming to the city to pay him a visit, could not find him.
"You worked that pretty slick," Jim said, as the chums approached him.
- informal a close friend
- (intr usually foll by up with) to be or become an intimate friend (of)
- (tr) Scot to accompanyI'll chum you home
- angling, mainly US and Canadian chopped fish, meal, etc, used as groundbait
- a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta
Word Origin and History for chums
"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."