- 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
Related Wordstroll, trawl, angle, chum, extricate, bob, cast, produce, bait, net, extract, find, seine
Examples from the Web for chumming
Those brick-laying years chumming it up with calloused day laborers in Sydney are finally paying off.Hollywood's New Macho Man
April 1, 2010
So far they had gone no further than chumming like old friends.His Masterpiece
Ain't that what I've been tryin' to preach to you ever since we've been chumming together?Just Around the Corner
We found him chumming with the horse, and called him out of the stable.Adventures in Swaziland
Owen Rowe O'Neil
This criminal "chumming" has yielded good returns, as a rule.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist
Harlan Page Halsey
The subject of this reflection was quite happy in the bow, chumming with The Crew.Two Knapsacks
- 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 chumming
"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."