- a close or intimate companion: boyhood chums.
- a roommate, as at college.
- to associate closely.
- to share a room or rooms with another, especially in a dormitory at a college or prep school.
Origin of chum1
- cut or ground bait dumped into the water to attract fish to the area where one is fishing.
- fish refuse or scraps discarded by a cannery.
- to fish by attracting fish by dumping cut or ground bait into the water.
- to dump chum into (a body of water) so as to attract fish.
- to lure (fish) with chum: They chummed the fish with hamburger.
Origin of chum2
Examples from the Web for chum
When a chum updates his status, a little yellow badge in the edge alerts you.Inside the Secret New Internet Browser
November 7, 2010
"I'm going to cut it up the best way I know how," his chum replied.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
"I wish I could," their chum answered, and the boys noticed that he was quite solemn.
As they were passing the post-office, Ned looked in, and caught sight of their chum.
"I hope you're not going to change," spoke Tom, thinking of his chum, Ned.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
That very evening he decided he must get a friend to chum with him.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- informal a close friend
- (intr usually foll by up with) to be or become an intimate friend (of)
- (tr) Scot to accompanyI'll chum you home
- angling, mainly US and Canadian chopped fish, meal, etc, used as groundbait
- a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta
Word Origin and History for chum
"friend," 1680s, originally university slang for "roommate," from alternative spelling of cham, short for chamber(mate); typical of the late-17c. fondness for clipped words. Among derived forms used 19c. were chumship; chummery "shared bachelor quarters," chummage "system of quartering more than one to a room."
"fish bait," 1857, perhaps from Scottish chum "food."