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bum \bum\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. bummed; p. pr. & vb. n. bumming (?).] [See Boom, v. i., to roar.] To make murmuring or humming sound.

to bum around to wander about idly or aimlessly.


vb. (present participle of bum English)

  1. 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]

  2. a disreputable vagrant; "a homeless tramp"; "he tried to help the really down-and-out bums" [syn: tramp, hobo]

  3. person who does no work; "a lazy bum" [syn: idler, loafer, do-nothing, layabout]

  4. 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]

  5. [also: bumming, bummed]

  1. v. ask for and get free; be a parasite [syn: mooch, cadge, grub, sponge]

  2. 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]

  3. [also: bumming, bummed]

  1. adj. of very poor quality [syn: cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny]

  2. [also: bumming, bummed]


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Usage examples of "bumming".

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.