[ buhm ]
/ bʌm /
a person who avoids work and sponges on others; loafer; idler.
a tramp, hobo, or derelict.
Informal. an enthusiast of a specific sport or recreational activity, especially one who gives it priority over work, family life, etc.: a ski bum; a tennis bum.
Informal. an incompetent person.
a drunken orgy; debauch.
verb (used with object), bummed, bum·ming.
Informal. to borrow without expectation of returning; get for nothing; cadge: He's always bumming cigarettes from me.
Slang. to ruin or spoil: The weather bummed our whole weekend.
verb (used without object), bummed, bum·ming.
to sponge on others for a living; lead an idle or dissolute life.
to live as a hobo.
adjective, bum·mer, bum·mest. Slang.
of poor, wretched, or miserable quality; worthless.
erroneous or ill-advised; misleading: That tip on the stock market was a bum steer.
lame: a bum leg.
bum around, Informal. to travel, wander, or spend one's time aimlessly: We bummed around for a couple of hours after work.
Words nearby bum
Idioms for bum
- 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.
bum (someone) out, Slang. to disappoint, upset, or annoy: It really bummed me out that she could have helped and didn't.
on the bum, Informal.
Origin of bum1
1860–65, Americanism; perhaps shortening of or back formation from bummer1; adj. senses of unclear relation to sense “loafer” and perhaps of distinct orig.
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British Dictionary definitions for on the bum (1 of 2)
/ (bʌm) /
British slang the buttocks or anus
Word Origin for bum
C14: of uncertain origin
British Dictionary definitions for on the bum (2 of 2)
/ (bʌm) informal /
a disreputable loafer or idler
a tramp; hobo
an irresponsible, unpleasant, or mean person
a person who spends a great deal of time on a specified sportbaseball bum
on the bum
- living as a loafer or vagrant
- out of repair; broken
verb bums, bumming or bummed
(tr) to get by begging; cadgeto bum a lift
(intr often foll by around) to live by begging or as a vagrant or loafer
(intr usually foll by around) to spend time to no good purpose; loaf; idle
bum someone off US and Canadian slang to disappoint, annoy, or upset someone
(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 on the bum (1 of 2)
on the bum
see under on the blink.
Idioms and Phrases with on the bum (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with bum
- bum around
- bum out
- bum rap
- bum steer
- on the blink (bum)
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