Crossword clues for bum
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
bum \bum\ (b[u^]m), 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]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"buttocks," late 14c., "probably onomatopœic, to be compared with other words of similar sound and with the general sense of 'protuberance, swelling.' " [OED]
"dissolute loafer, tramp," 1864, American English, from bummer "loafer, idle person" (1855), probably from German slang bummler "loafer," from bummeln "go slowly, waste time." Bum first appears in a German-American context, and bummer was popular in the slang of the North's army in the American Civil War (as many as 216,000 German immigrants in the ranks). Bum's rush "forcible ejection" first recorded 1910.
"of poor quality," 1859, American English, from bum (n.). Bum steer in figurative sense of "bad advice" attested from 1901.
Etymology 1 interj. (label en UK) An expression of annoyance. n. 1 The buttocks. 2 (context UK Irish AU New Zealand informal rare Canada US English) The anus. 3 (context by metonymy informal English) A person. vb. (context UK transitive colloquial English) To sodomize; to engage in anal sex. Etymology 2
1 Of poor quality or highly undesirable. 2 Unfair. 3 Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective. 4 Unpleasant. n. 1 (context North America colloquial English) A homeless person, usually a man. 2 (context North America colloquial derogatory English) a hobo 3 (context North America Australia colloquial English) A lazy, incompetent, or annoying person, usually a man. 4 (context North America Australia colloquial sports English) A player or racer who often performs poorly. 5 (context colloquial English) A drinking spree. v
1 (context transitive colloquial English) To ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something. 2 (context intransitive colloquial pejorative English) To behave like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter. 3 (context transitive slang British English) To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff). Etymology 3
vb. To depress; to make unhappy. Etymology 4
n. (context dated English) A humming noise. vb. (context intransitive English) To make a murmuring or humming sound. Etymology 5
n. (context obsolete English) A bumbailiff.
be lazy or idle; "Her son is just bumming around all day" [syn: bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about, fuck off, loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll, loll around, lounge about]
n. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible; "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'" [syn: rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, puke, crumb, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, git]
the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
Bum or bums may refer to:
Usage examples of "bum".
He lifts the adz again, wondering why Tullar delivers charcoal in such large chunks, and why the smithy bums so much-but he knows the second reason.
His sweet, innocent daughter living with an ambitionless, borderline bum.
Ride Shamu, tend the Jupiter Lighthouse, dive the Atocha, perform my one-man salute to Claude Pepper at the Kravis Center, become a surf bum in Jensen, join the harvesting of the oysters at Apalachicola, take a billfish on flyrod, double-eagle at PGA National, ride with the Blue Angels from Pensacola, deliver peace and justice to my Cuban exile community.
Bum fingers Begay confidently pointed the way, remembering the view from his earlier near-cosmic vantage point.
Most of them had bummed across the country at least once, before they finally enlisted.
The whole bunch of sodomistic ballerinas -- Rectum Steve, Cocky Paulo, Shitstabber Jacky, Bummer Nige and the rest -- are beside themselves.
As a boy he had dreamed of finding this lost family treasure, and here in LA the bummer cinematographer, who was also to die in suspicious circumstances, presented the object to him with a stern warning of the negative powers attached to the relic.
Liam eased Norton back to the ground, crouched, and braced himself as Bummer jumped into his lap with a joyful yip.
Chen had only a moment to nod before Bummer began performing fantastic acrobatic leaps about his soft-shod feet.
She caught Bummer and lifted the terrier over the back of the seat and into her lap.
She gazed at the cable car while Bummer barked at a mongrel on the sidewalk.
The dogs were with herNorton bounding ahead and doubling back again, Bummer chasing the waves at her feet.
They came running, Bummer dancing around and around his feet and Norton leaning companionably against his side.
It would have meant the anatomizing of his compulsive violence and his fear of justice, of his time with Helen, his present defection from Helen, his screwing so many women he really wanted nothing to do with, his drunken ways, his morning-after sicknesses, his sleeping in the weeds, his bumming money from strangers not because there was a depression but first to help Helen and then because it was easy: easier than working.
If you shut your eyes, you could believe you were back in the jungle on the outskirts of some little jerkwater town, smooth dusty under the trees on the leeward side of a grade that passed the watertank and cut off the wind, sitting around the small fire with a belly full of a good mulligan that you had been assigned the bumming of the carrots for, or maybe the onions, or the spuds.