verb (used with object), bummed, bum·ming.
verb (used without object), bummed, bum·ming.
adjective, bum·mer, bum·mest. Slang.
- living or traveling as or in a manner suggesting that of a hobo or tramp.
- in a state of disrepair or disorder: The oven is on the bum again.
Origin of bum1
Synonyms for bum
noun Chiefly British Slang.
Origin of bum2
noun Military Slang.
Origin of bum3
Related Words for bumderelict, stiff, vagrant, drifter, tramp, transient, vagabond, hobo, guttersnipe, floater, bindle
Examples from the Web for bum
Historical Examples of bum
Bum′-bail′iff, an under-bailiff; Bum′-boat, boat for carrying provisions to a ship, originally a Thames scavenger's boat.
"Bum—I tell you, you'll fall down, little spring bird," repeated Giacobbe at the top of his lungs.After the Divorce
That short, stout-looking man in boots and buckskins, is his assistant, vulgarly called his Bum.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
The Bum Actor's face was deathly white and his pistol hand trembled a little, but he did not flinch.A List To Starboard
F. Hopkinson Smith
Bum vay (R211,d), by my faith: original spelling vei: cf. Fr.
Word Origin for bum
- living as a loafer or vagrant
- out of repair; broken
verb bums, bumming or bummed
Word Origin for bum
"buttocks," late 14c., "probably onomatopœic, to be compared with other words of similar sound and with the general sense of 'protuberance, swelling.' " [OED]
"dissolute loafer, tramp," 1864, American English, from bummer "loafer, idle person" (1855), probably from German slang bummler "loafer," from bummeln "go slowly, waste time." Bum first appears in a German-American context, and bummer was popular in the slang of the North's army in the American Civil War (as many as 216,000 German immigrants in the ranks). Bum's rush "forcible ejection" first recorded 1910.
"of poor quality," 1859, American English, from bum (n.). Bum steer in figurative sense of "bad advice" attested from 1901.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bum
- bum around
- bum out
- bum rap
- bum steer
- on the blink (bum)