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Meaning of bum by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ʌm

    Etymology 1

    1387, Unknown, but possibly Old Irish, Scottish Gaelic bun ( “base, bottom” )


    bum ( plural: bums )

    1. The buttocks
      Okay, everyone sit on your bum and try and touch your toes .
    2. ( UK, Ireland, Aust, New Zealand, informal ) ( rare, Canada, US ) The anus
    3. ( by metonymy, informal ) A person
    Usage notes


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

    1. ( UK, transitive, colloquial ) to sodomize; to engage in anal sex

    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

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


    bum ( plural: bums )

    1. ( North America, colloquial ) A hobo; a homeless person, usually a man
    2. ( North America, Australian, 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!
    3. ( North America, Australian, colloquial, sports ) A player, usually a man, who often or usually plays poorly
      Trade him to another team, he's a bum!
    4. ( colloquial ) A drinking spree .


    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
      Can I bum a cigarette off you?
    2. ( intransitive, colloquial ) To behave like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter
      I think I'll just bum around downtown for awhile until dinner .
    3. ( transitive, slang, UK ) To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette ( spliff )


    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 .
      He had a bum trip on that mescaline .

    Derived terms

    Etymology 3

    Back-formation from bum out .

    See also

    • “bum” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001


    • UMB

Explanation of bum by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ask for and get free

    2. be lazy or idle

    3. Her son is just bumming around all day
    1. of very poor quality

    1. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    2. person who does no work

    3. a lazy bum
    4. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

    5. throw the bum out
    6. a disreputable vagrant

    7. he tried to help the really down-and-out bums

    Definition of bum by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bum ( bŭm ), n. [Contr. fr. bottom in this sense.] The buttock. [Low] Shak.

    2. bum, v. i. [imp. & p. p. bummed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. bumming] [See Boom, v. i., to roar.] To make murmuring or humming sound. Jamieson.

      to bum around to wander about idly or aimlessly.

    3. bum ( bŭm ), v. t. To borrow without intention of returning; to cadge; as, “to bum a cigarette; to bum a cup of coffee”; -- usually with inexpensive items as the object. [informal]

    4. Bum, n. A humming noise. Halliwell.