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BUM (bummed, bumming)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bum mean? 

BUM (noun)
  The noun BUM has 4 senses:

1. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
2. a disreputable vagrant
3. person who does no work
4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

  Familiarity information: BUM used as a noun is uncommon.


BUM (adjective)
  The adjective BUM has 1 sense:

1. of very poor quality; flimsy

  Familiarity information: BUM used as an adjective is very rare.


BUM (verb)
  The verb BUM has 2 senses:

1. ask for and get free; be a parasite
2. be lazy or idle

  Familiarity information: BUM used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUM (noun)


Sense 1bum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

stinkpot; stinker; so-and-so; skunk; scum bag; rotter; bum; puke; lowlife; git; dirty dog; crumb; rat

Context examples:

only a rotter would do that / kill the rat / throw the bum out / you cowardly little pukes! / the British call a contemptible person a 'git'

Hypernyms ("bum" is a kind of...):

disagreeable person; unpleasant person (a person who is not pleasant or agreeable)


Sense 2bum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disreputable vagrant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

hobo; tramp; bum

Context examples:

a homeless tramp / he tried to help the really down-and-out bums

Hypernyms ("bum" is a kind of...):

drifter; floater; vagabond; vagrant (a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bum"):

dosser; street person (someone who sleeps in any convenient place)


Sense 3bum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Person who does no work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

loafer; layabout; idler; do-nothing; bum

Context example:

a lazy bum

Hypernyms ("bum" is a kind of...):

nonworker (a person who does nothing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bum"):

whittler (someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime))

trifler (one who behaves lightly or not seriously)

sunbather (someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan)

spiv (a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time)

slug; sluggard (an idle slothful person)

shirker; slacker (a person who shirks their work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime))

loon (a worthless lazy fellow)

lie-abed; slugabed (a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour)

lazybones (a lazy person)

goldbrick; good-for-naught; good-for-nothing; goof-off; ne'er-do-well; no-account (an idle worthless person)

daydreamer; woolgatherer (someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming)

dawdler; drone; laggard; lagger; poke; trailer (someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind)

dallier; dilly-dallier; dillydallier; lounger; mope (someone who wastes time)

couch potato (an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television))

clock watcher (a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time)


Sense 4bum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

arse; keister; hindquarters; hind end; posterior; fanny; derriere; prat; buttocks; tooshie; buns; tush; rear end; behind; ass; nates; seat; fundament; backside; tail end; bottom; rump; stern; tail; rear; can; butt; bum

Context examples:

he deserves a good kick in the butt / are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?

Hypernyms ("bum" is a kind of...):

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Holonyms ("bum" is a part of...):

body; torso; trunk (the body excluding the head and neck and limbs)


BUM (adjective)


Sense 1bum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of very poor quality; flimsy

Synonyms:

punk; crummy; chintzy; cheesy; bum; sleazy; tinny; cheap

Similar:

inferior (of low or inferior quality)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


BUM (verb)


Sense 1bum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ask for and get free; be a parasite

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

mooch; grub; cadge; bum; sponge

Hypernyms (to "bum" is one way to...):

obtain (come into possession of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bum"):

freeload (live off somebody's generosity)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2bum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be lazy or idle

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

waste one's time; lounge about; loll around; loaf; fuck off; frig around; bum around; bum about; arse about; lounge around; arse around; bum; loll

Context example:

Her son is just bumming around all day

Hypernyms (to "bum" is one way to...):

idle; laze; slug; stagnate (be idle; exist in a changeless situation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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