from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tramp; a vagrant.
- n. A lazy or shiftless person, especially one who seeks to live solely by the support of others.
- n. An incompetent, insignificant, or obnoxious person: The batter called the pitcher a bum.
- n. One who is devoted to a particular activity or milieu: a beach bum.
- intransitive v. To live by begging and scavenging from place to place. Often used with around.
- intransitive v. To loaf.
- transitive v. To acquire by begging; cadge. See Synonyms at cadge.
- transitive v. Slang To depress, dishearten, or dismay. Often used with out.
- adj. Inferior; worthless: gave me bum advice; did a bum job of fixing the car.
- adj. Disabled; malfunctioning: a bum shoulder.
- adj. Unfavorable or unfair: got a bum deal on my final grade for the course.
- adj. Unpleasant; lousy: had a bum time at the party.
- idiom on the bum Living as a vagrant or tramp.
- idiom on the bum Out of order; broken.
- n. Chiefly British Slang The buttocks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The buttocks
- n. (rare, Canada, US) The anus
- n. A person
- v. to sodomize; to engage in anal sex
- n. A hobo; a homeless person, usually a man
- n. A lazy, incompetent, or annoying person, usually a man
- n. A player, usually a man, who often or usually plays poorly
- n. A drinking spree.
- v. To ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something
- v. To behave like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter
- v. To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff)
- adj. Of poor quality or highly undesirable.
- adj. Unfair.
- adj. Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.
- adj. Unpleasant.
- v. to depress; to make unhappy
- n. A humming noise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The buttock.
- intransitive v. To make murmuring or humming sound.
- transitive v. To borrow without intention of returning; to cadge; ; -- usually with inexpensive items as the object.
- n. A humming noise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a hollow noise; boom; hum; buzz.
- To rush with a murmuring sound.
- 3. To guzzle; drink.
- To sponge on others for a living; lead an idle or dissolute life.
- To dun.
- To spin (a top).
- To strike; beat.
- n. An imitative word expressive of a droning or humming sound, as that made by the bee; a hum.
- n. A drink.
- n. A drunken loafer; one who leads an idle, dissolute life; a bummer.
- n. 4. A drunken spree; a debauch.
- n. Hence A convivial meeting.
- n. The buttocks; the part of the body on which one sits.
- n. A bumbailiff; the follower or assistant of a bailiff.
- Of poor quality; low-down: as, a bum show; a bum performance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
- v. ask for and get free; be a parasite
- v. be lazy or idle
- n. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
- n. a disreputable vagrant
- n. person who does no work
- adj. of very poor quality; flimsy
Back-formation from bummer.
Middle English bom.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1387, Unknown, but possibly Old Irish, Scottish Gaelic bun ("base, bottom") (Wiktionary)
1864, Back-formation from bummer., from German Bummler ("loafer"), from bummeln ("loaf") (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from bum out. (Wiktionary)