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.
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.
to sponge on others for a living; lead an idle or dissolute life.
to live as a hobo.
of poor, wretched, or miserable quality; worthless.
erroneous or ill-advised; misleading:
That tip on the stock market was a bum steer.
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.
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.
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.
(Brit, slang) the buttocks or anus
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 sport: baseball bum
on the bum
living as a loafer or vagrant
out of repair; broken
verb bums, bumming, bummed
(transitive) to get by begging; cadge: to bum a lift
(intransitive) often foll by around. to live by begging or as a vagrant or loafer
(intransitive) usually foll by around. to spend time to no good purpose; loaf; idle
(US & Canadian, slang) bum someone off, to disappoint, annoy, or upset someone
(prenominal) of poor quality; useless
wrong or inappropriate: a bum note
Inferior; defective; lousy: That’s a real bum notion you have there (1850s+)
: I told a bum story first/ He just didn’t want me to think he had a car with a bum clutch (1859+)
A person who seldom works, seldom stays in one place, and survives by begging and petty theft; vagrant; drifter, hobo (1860s+)
A promiscuous woman, esp a cheap prostitute: picking up bums in public dance halls (1930+)
Any male who is disliked by the speaker, esp for lack of energy, direction, or talent •Often used of inept or despised athletes: The bum strikes out three times in a row (1920+)
A person who lives or tries to live by his or her sports talent and charm, usually without being genuinely professional: Developed by volleyball bums who hated the regimentation of the indoor game (1950s+)
An inferior animal, breed, racehorse, etc (1930+)
Anything inferior or ineffectual: Money is a bum, a no-good bum (1950s+)
To live as a tramp, drifter, etc: It wasn’t easy bumming that winter/ He bummed for a couple of years, then got a job (1860s+)
To beg or borrow; cadge: A schooner can be grafted if you’re fierce at bumming (1850s+)
(also bum one’s way, bum a ride) To hitchhike: They bummed all the way to Alaska (1920s+)
To deceive; victimize: Anyone who’s seen this halfbaked ode to mixed marital relations realizes that the star has been bummed into a bit role (1960s+)
To improve something, esp by exploiting its full potential or rearranging its parts: I bummed the whole program to show up all possible mistakes (Computer)
(also bum out) To become depressed, discouraged, or irritated: You don’t want to pull off the information superhighway because you’re already dialed into an on-line service. Don’t bum (1960s+)
Loaf, wander idly, as in After graduating he decided to bum around Europe for a year. [ Mid-1800s ]
Frequent bars or nightclubs, as in Her father accused her of bumming around half the night and threatened to cut off her allowance. In the mid-1800s to bum was slang for going on a drinking spree. A century later, with the addition of around, it simply meant going to saloons or clubs.
noun a small bag worn on a belt, round the waist Usual US name fanny pack
(formerly) a bailiff or underbailiff employed in serving writs, making arrests, etc. noun (Brit, derogatory) (formerly) an officer employed to collect debts and arrest debtors for nonpayment n.
to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle: He somehow bumbled through two years of college. to stumble or stagger. to speak in a low, stuttering, halting manner; mumble. to do (something) clumsily; botch. an awkward blunder. to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee. Historical Examples Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) Charles Dickens Wandering […]
liable to make awkward blunders: a bumbling mechanic. clumsily incompetent or ineffectual: bumbling diplomacy. the act or practice of making blunders: The bumbling of their officers cost them the battle. to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle: He somehow bumbled through two years of college. to stumble or stagger. to speak in a low, stuttering, halting […]