from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An intimate friend or companion.
- intransitive v. To be an intimate friend.
- intransitive v. To display good-natured friendliness: chummed around with the other teammates.
- intransitive v. To share the same room, as in a dormitory.
- n. Bait usually consisting of oily fish ground up and scattered on the water.
- intransitive v. To fish with such bait.
- transitive v. To lure (fish) with such bait.
- n. A chum salmon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A friend; a pal.
- n. A roommate.
- v. To share rooms with; to live together.
- v. To make friends with; to socialize.
- v. To accompany.
- n. A mixture of (frequently rancid) fish parts and blood, dumped into the water to attract predator fish, such as sharks.
- v. To cast chum into the water to attract fish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A roommate, especially in a college or university; an old and intimate friend.
- intransitive v. To occupy a chamber with another.
- n. Chopped pieces of fish used as bait.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lodges or resides in the same chamber or rooms with another; a room-mate: especially applied to college students.
- n. Hence An intimate companion; a crony.
- To occupy the same room or chambers with another; be the chum of some one.
- To put into the same room or rooms with another; put into common quarters.
- Formerly, in some English prisons, to receive, as a new inmate, by a rough ceremony of initiation, beating him with staves, etc., and making him pay an entrance-fee, the whole being accompanied by masquerading and music: sometimes used with up.
- n. A bait, consisting usually of pieces of some oily fish, as the menhaden, commonly employed in the capture of bluefish.
- To fish with chum.
- n. In ceramics, a block upon which an unbaked vessel is fitted when attached to the lathe to be turned. See thrown-ware, under pottery.
- n. A tent; a dwelling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
- n. bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish
- n. a large Pacific salmon with small spots on its back; an important food fish
Perhaps short for chamber fellow, roommate.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1675–85; of uncertain origin, possibly from cham, shortening of chambermate. (Wiktionary)
Perhaps from Powhatan. (Wiktionary)