Bum - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bʌm|  American pronunciation of the word bum
Brit.  |bʌm|  British pronunciation of the word bum


- a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible (syn: crumb, puke, rat, rotter, skunk, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot)
throw the bum out
- a vagrant (syn: hobo, tramp)
he tried to help the really down-and-out bums
- person who does no work (syn: do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer)
a lazy bum
- the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on (syn: arse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, butt, buttocks, can, fanny, fundament, hindquarters, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rump, seat, stern, tail, tush)


- ask for and get free; be a parasite (syn: cadge, grub, mooch, sponge)
- be lazy or idle (syn: loaf, loll)
Her son is just bumming around all day


- of very poor quality; flimsy (syn: cheap, cheesy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny)

Extra examples

...that was bum advice that you got from that chat room...

This is a bum party.

I've been bumming about for the last year without a job.

She bummed a little cash off me.

The orchestra was excellent. No one played a bum note.

Jim got a bum deal (=unfair treatment).

Her son is just bumming around all day

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bum
he/she/it: bums
present participle: bumming
past tense: bummed
past participle: bummed
singular: bum
plural: bums
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