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Definition bum

Etymology 1

From Middle English bum (“buttocks, bottom”), a syncopated form of Middle English botym (“bottom”). Compare also Old Irish, Scottish Gaelic bun (“base, bottom”). More at bottom.

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. The buttocks.
  2. (Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, informal, rare, Canada, US) The anus.
  3. (by metonymy, informal) A person.
Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

  1. (Britain, transitive, colloquial) To sodomize; to engage in anal sex.
Interjection

bum

  1. (Britain) An expression of annoyance.

Etymology 2

1864, back-formation from bummer, from German Bummler (“loafer”), from bummeln (“loaf”)

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (Canada, US, colloquial, sometimes derogatory) A homeless person, usually a man.
  2. (Canada, US, Australia, colloquial) A lazy, incompetent, or annoying person, usually a man.
  3. (Canada, US, Australia, colloquial, sports) A player or racer who often performs poorly.
  4. (colloquial) A drinking spree.
Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

  1. (transitive, colloquial) To ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something.
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) To stay idle and unproductive, like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter.
  3. (transitive, slang, Britain) To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff).
Adjective

bum (comparative bummer, superlative bummest)

  1. Of poor quality or highly undesirable.
  2. Unfair.
  3. Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.
  4. Unpleasant.

Etymology 3

Back-formation from bum out.

Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

  1. To depress; to make unhappy.

Etymology 4

See boom.

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (dated) A humming noise.
Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

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

Etymology 5

Abbreviations.

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (obsolete) A bumbailiff.

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