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Idioms about bum

    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
An Americanism first recorded in 1860–65; perhaps a shortening of or back formation from bummer1; adjective senses of unclear relation to sense “loafer” and perhaps of distinct origin

Other definitions for bum (2 of 2)

bum2
[ buhm ]
/ bʌm /

noun Chiefly British Slang.
the buttocks; rump.

Origin of bum

2
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English bom; of uncertain origin
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How to use bum in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bum (1 of 2)

bum1
/ (bʌm) /

noun
British slang the buttocks or anus

Word Origin for bum

C14: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for bum (2 of 2)

bum2
/ (bʌm) informal /

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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