Informal. an enthusiast of a specific sport or recreational activity, especially one who gives it priority over work, family life, etc.: a ski bum; a tennis bum.
Informal. an incompetent person.
a drunken orgy; debauch.
Informal. to borrow without expectation of returning; get for nothing; cadge: He's always bumming cigarettes from me.
Slang. to ruin or spoil: The weather bummed our whole weekend.
to sponge on others for a living; lead an idle or dissolute life.
to live as a hobo.
Slang. of poor, wretched, or miserable quality; unsatisfactory: I figured $300 was a bum deal for a minor repair, but I paid it anyway.
Slang. fraudulent or fake: He was accused of issuing a bum check for $2920.
bum around, Informal. to travel, wander, or spend one's time aimlessly: We bummed around for a couple of hours after work.
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.
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.
Other definitions for bum (2 of 2)
the buttocks; rump.
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How to use bum in a sentence
After Gilliard met Ball, the two headed to Colorado and enjoyed life as ski bums, moving from resort to resort for a couple of years before eventually settling in Coeur d’Alene, and having a son.States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders | by David Armstrong | December 1, 2020 | ProPublica
It also, frankly, bums me out that I don’t have more space at home to lay out a track.
British Dictionary definitions for bum (1 of 2)
British slang the buttocks or anus
British Dictionary definitions for bum (2 of 2)
a disreputable loafer or idler
a tramp; hobo
an irresponsible, unpleasant, or mean person
a person who spends a great deal of time on a specified sport: baseball bum
on the bum
living as a loafer or vagrant
out of repair; broken
(tr) to get by begging; cadge: to bum a lift
(intr often foll by around) to live by begging or as a vagrant or loafer
(intr usually foll by around) to spend time to no good purpose; loaf; idle
bum someone off US and Canadian slang to disappoint, annoy, or upset someone
(prenominal) of poor quality; useless
wrong or inappropriate: a bum note
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bum
In addition to the idioms beginning with bum
- bum around
- bum out
- bum rap
- bum steer
- on the blink (bum)
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