Nearby words

  1. bulrush,
  2. bultmann,
  3. bulwark,
  4. bulwer,
  5. bulwer-lytton,
  6. bum around,
  7. bum bag,
  8. bum out,
  9. bum rap,
  10. bum steer

Idioms

    bum (someone) out, Slang. to disappoint, upset, or annoy: It really bummed me out that she could have helped and didn't.
    on the bum, Informal.
    1. living or traveling as or in a manner suggesting that of a hobo or tramp.
    2. in a state of disrepair or disorder: The oven is on the bum again.

Origin of bum

1
1860–65, Americanism; perhaps shortening of or back formation from bummer1; adj. senses of unclear relation to sense “loafer” and perhaps of distinct orig.

bum

2
[ buhm ]
/ bʌm /

noun Chiefly British Slang.

the buttocks; rump.

Origin of bum

2
1350–1400; Middle English bom; of uncertain origin

bum

3
[ buhm ]
/ bʌm /

noun Military Slang.

a reproduction of a document made with copying equipment.
a bag into which classified waste is put in preparation for destruction.

Origin of bum

3
perhaps as shortening of bumf or bumfodder; def. 2 presumably as shortening of bum bag

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British Dictionary definitions for bum

bum

1
/ (bʌm) /

noun

British slang the buttocks or anus

Word Origin for bum

C14: of uncertain origin

noun

verb bums, bumming or bummed

adjective

(prenominal) of poor quality; useless
wrong or inappropriatea bum note

Word Origin for bum

C19: probably shortened from earlier bummer a loafer, probably from German bummeln to loaf

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Word Origin and History for bum
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Idioms and Phrases with bum

bum

In addition to the idioms beginning with bum

  • bum around
  • bum out
  • bum rap
  • bum steer

also see:

  • on the blink (bum)
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