Origin of bummer1
Origin of bummer2
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
Synonyms for bum
Examples from the Web for bummer
Contemporary Examples of bummer
Bummer, man: after seven “joint-years,” the airflow increase goes into reverse.Is Pot Good for Lungs? New Marijuana Study Adds to Health-Effects Debate
January 14, 2012
Historical Examples of bummer
That locality was then a mere receptacle for trash, and the Bummer was at home there.
Bummer, literally one who sits or idles about; a loafer; one who sponges upon his acquaintances.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
One hates to refuse food to any human being who claims to have need of it, and the Bummer knows this.
Word Origin for bum
- living as a loafer or vagrant
- out of repair; broken
verb bums, bumming or bummed
Word Origin for bum
"loafer, idle person," 1855, possibly an extension of the British word for "backside" (similar development took place in Scotland by 1540), but more probably from German slang bummler "loafer," agent noun from bummeln "go slowly, waste time."
According to Kluge, the German word is from 17c., and the earliest sense of it is "oscillate back and forth;" possibly connected to words in German for "dangle" (baumeln), via "back-and-forth motion" of a bell clapper, transferred to "going back and forth," hence "doing nothing." Meaning "bad experience" is 1968 slang.
"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.
"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)