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bummer

1
[ buhm-er ]
/ ˈbʌm ər /
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noun Slang.

a person who bums off others.

RELATED WORDS

disaster, misfortune, disappointment, drag, downer

Nearby words

bumfuck, bumfuzzle, bumkin, bummalo, bummaree, bummer, bump, bump into, bump off, bump start, bump stock

Origin of bummer

1
1850–55, Americanism; probably < German Bummler, derivative with -er -er1 of bummeln ‘to take a stroll, dawdle, loiter’ (expressive v. of uncertain origin)

Definition for bummer (2 of 3)

bummer

2
[ buhm-er ]
/ ˈbʌm ər /
Slang.

noun

the unpleasant aftermath of taking narcotic drugs, especially frightening hallucinations or unpleasant physical sensations.
any unpleasant or disappointing experience: That concert was a real bummer.

interjection

(used to express disappointment, frustration, or the like): Looks like we're having a test tomorrow—bummer!

Origin of bummer

2
1965–70; apparently bum1 (adj. sense) + -er1

Definition for bummer (3 of 3)

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.
SYNONYMS FOR bum
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Examples from the Web for bummer

  • Bummer, man: after seven “joint-years,” the airflow increase goes into reverse.

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  • One hates to refuse food to any human being who claims to have need of it, and the Bummer knows this.

  • Bummer, literally one who sits or idles about; a loafer; one who sponges upon his acquaintances.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
  • That locality was then a mere receptacle for trash, and the Bummer was at home there.

British Dictionary definitions for bummer (1 of 3)

bummer

/ (ˈbʌmə) /

noun slang

an unpleasant or disappointing experience
mainly US a vagrant or idler
an adverse reaction to a drug, characterized by panic or fear

British Dictionary definitions for bummer (2 of 3)

bum

1
/ (bʌm) /

noun

British slang the buttocks or anus

Word Origin for bum

C14: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for bummer (3 of 3)

bum

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/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with bummer

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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