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bum

bum

 
pronunciation:
buhm
parts of speech:
noun, verb, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: (informal) a poor person with no home and no job; tramp.
synonyms:
tramp
similar words:
beggar
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: bummed, bumming, bums
definition: (informal) to ask for and get, with no plan to pay back or return.
I tried to bum a few dollars from my brother for some lunch downtown.
similar words:
beg, obtain
 
part of speech: adjective
inflections: bummer, bummest
definition: bad or wrong.
(informal) You gave me bum advice about that test
synonyms:
lousy, misleading, worthless
similar words:
inferior, poor, useless
Word History
Bum probably comes from a German word Bummeln, meaning "to be lazy" or "to hang loosely."