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bum

bum

 
pronunciation:
buhm
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, adjective
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: (informal) a poor, homeless person or one who does not want to work; tramp.
synonyms:
derelict, hobo, tramp
similar words:
beachcomber, beggar, drifter, idler, loafer, mendicant, panhandler, sponger, vagabond, vagrant, wastrel, wino
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bummed, bumming, bums
definition: to ask for and obtain without intending to repay.
I tried to bum a ride to New York.
synonyms:
cadge, scrounge, sponge
similar words:
beg, hitch, obtain, solicit
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: bummer, bummest
definition: bad or misleading.
bum advice
synonyms:
lousy, misleading, worthless
similar words:
deceptive, fallacious, inferior, poor, spurious, useless
Word History
Bum probably comes from a German word Bummeln, meaning "to be lazy" or "to hang loosely."