Bum meaning

bŭm
A lazy or shiftless person, especially one who seeks to live solely by the support of others.
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The buttocks.
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To pass time idly; loaf. Often used with around.
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One who spends a lot of time doing a particular recreational activity.

A beach bum; a ski bum.

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To live by begging and scavenging from place to place. Often used with around.
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A tramp; a vagrant.
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An incompetent, insignificant, or obnoxious person.

The batter called the pitcher a bum.

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To live by begging or by sponging off people.
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(informal) To get by begging or sponging; cadge.

To bum a cigarette.

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Bum is slang for borrowing without planning to return.

An example of bum is to take $5 from a friend and never give it back.

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The definition of bum is of poor quality, ailing, or false or invalid.

An example of bum is a broken limb.

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A bum is defined as a person who is lazy and does not work by choice.

An example of bum is a person who lays around drinking all day and doing nothing productive.

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To acquire by begging; cadge.
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(slang) To depress, dishearten, or dismay. Often used with out.
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Inferior; worthless.

Gave me bum advice; did a bum job of fixing the car.

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Unfavorable or unfair.

Got a bum deal on my final grade for the course.

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Unpleasant; lousy.

Had a bum time at the party.

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A vagrant, hobo, tramp, or beggar; specif., a shabby, often drunken derelict.
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Any shiftless or irresponsible person, loafer, idler, etc.
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A devotee, as of golf or skiing, who devotes so much time to the sport as to disrupt family life, career, etc.
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To live as a bum or vagrant.
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Poor in quality.

Bum cooking.

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Lame or ailing.

A bum leg.

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Disabled; malfunctioning.

A bum shoulder.

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(informal) An incompetent person, esp. an athlete.
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False, erroneous, or invalid.

A bum steer, a bum rap.

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on the bum
  • Living as a vagrant or tramp.
  • Out of order; broken.
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bum someone out
  • to upset, distress, annoy, depress, bore, etc. someone
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give (or get) the bum's rush
  • to eject (or be ejected) forcibly
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(informal) on the bum
  • living as a vagrant
  • out of repair; broken
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bum
Plural:
bums

Adjective

Base Form:
bum
Comparative:
bummer
Superlative:
bummest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on the bum
bum someone out
give (<i>or</i> get) the bum's rush
on the bum

Origin of bum

  • Back-formation from bummer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bom

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition