- 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 chummed
He treated her simply as a comrade with whom he had chummed for years.The Fat and the Thin
And, if I recollect right, he chummed in with publicans and sinners.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
In fact, I chummed with you even more than with your brothers.Notes on My Books
I chummed with them—yes—on gold-fields and in other places where a man has got to show the stuff that's in him.The Rescue
I saw him nearly every evening, and in fact, we chummed together.
- 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 chummed
"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."