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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bumbʌm(n.; v.)bummed, bum•ming

  1. (n.)a person who avoids work and sponges on others; loafer; idler.

  2. a tramp, hobo, or derelict.

  3. Informal. a single-minded enthusiast of a specific sport:

    a ski bum.

    Category: Informal

  4. Informal. an incompetent person.

  5. (v.t.)Informal. to borrow without expectation of returning; cadge.

    Category: Informal

  6. (v.i.)to sponge on others for a living.

  7. to live as a hobo.

  8. bum around,Informal. to spend time or wander aimlessly.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  9. (adj. Slang.)of poor or miserable quality; worthless.

  10. disappointing; unpleasant.

  11. false or misleading:

    a bum rap.

  12. lame.

Origin of bum:

1860–65, Amer.


  1. the buttocks.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, British

* Brit. Slang..

Origin of bum:

1350–1400; ME bom

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, bum, puke, crumb, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, git(noun)

    a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

    "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"

  2. tramp, hobo, bum(noun)

    a disreputable vagrant

    "a homeless tramp"; "he tried to help the really down-and-out bums"

  3. idler, loafer, do-nothing, layabout, bum(noun)

    person who does no work

    "a lazy bum"

  4. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass(adj)

    the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

  5. bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny(verb)

    of very poor quality; flimsy

  6. mooch, bum, cadge, grub, sponge(verb)

    ask for and get free; be a parasite

  7. bum, bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about, fuck off, loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll, loll around, lounge about(verb)

    be lazy or idle

    "Her son is just bumming around all day"


  1. bum(Verb)

    to depress; to make unhappy

  2. Origin: 1864, , from Bummler, from bummeln

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bum(noun)

    the buttock

  2. Bum

    to make murmuring or humming sound

  3. Bum(noun)

    a humming noise

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BUM

    A fallen tough. BUMP A tough fall.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BUM' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3271

Anagrams of BUM

  1. UMB

Translations for BUM

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a bum job.

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