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
noun Chiefly British Slang.
Origin of bum2
noun Military Slang.
Origin of bum3
Examples from the Web for bum
They served us desserts made with Bum Berry goo As we danced to the tune of the didgeridoo.FreeChildrenStories.com Collection|Daniel Errico
Over the road leans a flat outcrop of stone, known locally as “The Bum's Rock.”Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
Now, we've sent Bum to grab her and bring her here, and Bum may have her by this time.We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run|James Arthur Kjelgaard
Bum′-bail′iff, an under-bailiff; Bum′-boat, boat for carrying provisions to a ship, originally a Thames scavenger's boat.
That short, stout-looking man in boots and buckskins, is his assistant, vulgarly called his Bum.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.|Pierce Egan
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.
1863, "to loaf and beg," American English, a word from the Civil War, perhaps a back-formation from bummer "loafer," or from bum (n.). Meaning "to feel depressed" is from 1973, perhaps from bummer in the "bad experience" sense. Related: Bummed; bumming.
"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)