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1 bum /ˈbʌm/ noun
plural bums
1 bum
/ˈbʌm/
noun
plural bums
Learner's definition of BUM
[count]
chiefly US, informal + disapproving : a person who has no place to live and no job and who asks people for money
informal : a person who is lazy or who does something badly
: a person who spends a lot of time relaxing and doing something fun rather than working
compare 5bum
2 bum /ˈbʌm/ verb
bums; bummed; bumming
2 bum
/ˈbʌm/
verb
bums; bummed; bumming
Learner's definition of BUM
[+ object] informal
: to get (something) for free by asking : to ask for and get (something)

bum around

[phrasal verb] informal or British bum about
bum around/about or bum around/about (a place) : to spend time relaxing in (a place) instead of working
bum around/about (a place) : to spend time living and traveling in (a place) without a job or much money
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3 bum /ˈbʌm/ verb
bums; bummed; bumming
3 bum
/ˈbʌm/
verb
bums; bummed; bumming
Learner's definition of BUM
US, informal
[+ object] : to cause (someone) to feel sad or disappointed usually + out
always used in progressive tenses, [no object] : to feel sad or disappointed about something
compare 2bum

— bummed

adjective [more bummed; most bummed]
4 bum /ˈbʌm/ adjective
4 bum
/ˈbʌm/
adjective
Learner's definition of BUM
always used before a noun informal
: of bad quality
see also bum rap at 1rap
: not legally acceptable : not valid
US : injured or damaged
5 bum /ˈbʌm/ noun
plural bums
5 bum
/ˈbʌm/
noun
plural bums
Learner's definition of BUM
[count] chiefly British, informal
: the part of the body that you sit on : buttocks

get/put bums on seats

British, informal
: to attract people to see a movie, play, game, etc.
compare 1bum
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