bum
Pronunciation Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. The buttocks.
    Okay, everyone sit on your bum and try and touch your toes.
  2. (informal, rare) The anus.
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bum (bums, present participle bumming; past and past participle bummed)

  1. (UK, transitive, colloquial) To sodomize; to engage in anal sex.
Interjection
  1. (UK) An expression of annoyance.
    • 2010, Jill Mansell, Sheer Mischief ↗:
      Maxine tried hers. 'Oh bum,' she said crossly. 'The sugar isn't sugar. It's salt.'
1864, back-formation from bummer#English Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (US, Canada, colloquial, sometimes, derogatory) A homeless person, usually a man.
  2. (US, Canada, Australia, colloquial) A lazy, incompetent, or annoying person, usually a man.
    Fred is becoming a bum - he's not even bothering to work more than once a month.
    That mechanic's a bum - he couldn't fix a yo-yo.
    That guy keeps interrupting the concert. Throw the bum out!
    • 1987, The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
      You're a bum
      You're a punk
      You're an old slut on junk
      Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
    • 1988, Michael Weikath, "Keeper of the Seven Keys", Helloween, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II.
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  3. (US, Canada, Australia, colloquial, sports) A player or racer who often performs poorly.
    Trade him to another team, he's a bum!
    • 2001, Laura Hillenbrand - Seabiscuit: An American Legend
      Seabiscuit, wrote another reporter, “was a hero in California and a pretty fair sort of horse in the midwest. In the east, however, he was just a ‘bumʼ”
  4. (colloquial) A drinking spree.
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bum (bums, present participle bumming; past and past participle bummed)

  1. (transitive, colloquial) To ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something.
    Can I bum a cigarette off you?
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) To stay idle and unproductive, like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter.
    I think I'll just bum around downtown for awhile until dinner.
  3. (transitive, slang, British) To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff).
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bum (comparative bummer, superlative bummest)

  1. Of poor quality or highly undesirable.
    bum note
  2. Unfair.
    bum deal
  3. Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.
    I can't play football anymore on account of my bum knee.
  4. Unpleasant or unhappy.
    He had a bum trip on that mescaline.
Synonyms
  • (defective) duff (UK)
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: nachhaltig beschädigt
Verb

bum (bums, present participle bumming; past and past participle bummed)

  1. To depress; to make unhappy.
Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (dated) A humming noise.
Verb

bum (bums, present participle bumming; past and past participle bummed)

  1. (intransitive) To make a murmuring or humming sound.
Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (obsolete) A bumbailiff.
    • 1705, Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees:
      About her Chariot, and behind, / Were Sergeants, Bums of every kind, / Tip-staffs, and all those Officers, / That squeeze a Living out of Tears.



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