- 1A vagrant: bums had been known to wander up to their door and ask for a sandwichMore example sentences
- So we dressed up for Halloween as gypsies and bums and hobos (the latter two later known as The Homeless) and other stereotypical costumes.
- If you think about it, living life as a bum, hobo, or a transient is pretty extreme.
- Twice in the past week I've heard a commercial on the local ‘Urban’ station (don't ask) imploring people not to ignore bums and beggars on the street.
- 1.1A lazy or worthless person: you ungrateful bum!More example sentences
- But he also has the whiners, loafers, jonesers, and all of the no-good lazy bums, male and female, without a work ethic opposing his every move.
- This multi-talented filmmaker makes jacks-of-all-trades like Robert Rodriguez and Steven Soderbergh seem like lazy bums.
- It's just the kind of inspired power-to-the-people sensibility that can rouse some good ol'-fashioned politicking - even after the fact, you lazy bums.
- 2 [in combination] A person who devotes a great deal of time to a specified activity: a ski bumMore example sentences
- There's an awkward friction between Miller, rollicking ski bum of the people, and the exclusivity of a place like the Yellowstone Club.
- Growling in from left is Warren Miller, the puckish godfather of extreme-ski cinema and our nation's original ski bum.
- Today, however, closer to sea level, Burt looks pretty much like every other dirtbag ski bum in the area.
verb (bums, bumming, bummed)Back to top
- 1 [no object] (usually bum around) Travel with no particular purpose: he bummed around Florida for a few monthsMore example sentences
- Thrown out of two schools, John eventually graduated and bummed around the world with the stated ambition of ‘becoming a beggar.’
- After college, Steve bummed around Europe on the Railpass junket for a few months.
- Following graduation, he bummed around the world for four years.
- 1.1Pass one’s time idly: students bumming around at universityMore example sentences
- I became lazy, got into bad stuff, bummed around.
- The city planners didn't make it a point to add any places of interest or recreation, so you either had a job or you bummed around town looking for something to do.
- After meeting up with each other and after a sulky Tor gave Spencer his wallet back, the group bummed around the camp and then went to dinner.
- 2 [with object] Get by asking or begging: they tried to bum quarters off usMore example sentences
- But he never stops scuffling, even when bumming a ride on the rails from Chicago to San Francisco.
- However, within a month of bumming a ride home with Mittler Racing from a 2001 Indianapolis truck race, he was hanging around the shop, eventually being invited to turn test laps.
- He had the nicest car of any of my friends, which was why we were always bumming rides off of him.
adjective[attributive] Back to top
- Of poor quality; bad or wrong: not one bum note was playedMore example sentences
bad, poor, inferior, second-rate, second-class, unsatisfactory, inadequate, unacceptable, substandard, not up to scratch, not up to par, deficient, imperfect, defective, faulty, shoddy, amateurish, careless, negligent; dreadful, awful, terrible, abominable, frightful, atrocious, disgraceful, deplorable, hopeless, worthless, laughable, lamentable, miserable, sorry, third-rate, diabolical, execrable• informal crummy, rotten, pathetic, useless, woeful, lousy, ropy, appalling, abysmal, pitiful, God-awful, dire, poxy, not up to snuff, the pitsBritish • informal duff, chronic, rubbish
- It's utterly unnecessary and is the one bum note in an otherwise unusually good second outing for the characters.
- And if you do come and see us live, sorry for the mucked up intros, the bum notes.
- In a way it is strange to be so upset over an object, but a musical instrument is always more than just another thing, especially a well-loved guitar with a long personal history, shared bum notes and all.
give someone (or get) the bum's rush chiefly North American
- Forcibly eject someone (or be forcibly ejected) from a place or gathering: the bouncer gave me the bum’s rushMore example sentences
- One of my colleagues tried to get an interview with Ian earlier this week but got the bum's rush: ‘Ian's too busy shooting Casualty.’
- Absolutely, no reason for all of us to get the bum's rush.
- Abruptly dismiss someone (or be abruptly dismissed) for a poor idea or performance: the President-elect is getting the bum’s rush over the economyMore example sentences
- It should come as no surprise that he got the bum's rush in short order for ‘loss of trust’, neither would it surprise anyone that the MoD went on paying him £1,000 a day for some time after his sacking.
- I agree that Crean got the bum's rush and he would have made a decent PM.
- New Zealand's iconic five cent coin with the tuatara looks to be getting the bum's rush!
on the bum
- North American Travelling rough and with no fixed home; vagrant: he continued to travel the country on the bumMore example sentences
- The post-industrial label will not only appeal to Gen Xers on the bum, it also informs them this premium malt liquor was brewed for almost an entire month.
- His boiler it was leaking, and its drivers on the bum…
bum someone out
- North American Make someone feel annoyed, upset, or disappointed: I was assigned the day shift, which bummed me outMore example sentences
- You don't like others to control you, so when your parents give you a list of chores, it bums you out!
- I've got to tell you something that may bum you out.
- IHe's in a sour mood right now so I hope this doesn't bum him out too badly.
mid 19th century: probably from bummer.
nounBritish • informal
- A person’s buttocks or anus: if you sit there you’ll get a cold bumMore example sentences
- After a couple of hours of hard work we sat in the shelter of the storage box on a bundle of wooden stakes to keep our bums from the cold wet ground, drinking lemonade and sharing a muesli bar, surveying our small slice of land.
- My head had been cold, my bum has been cold and my feet (you've guessed it) have been cold!
- The answer is that it is one thing to find bums for all those seats, quite another to sell the seats at profitable prices.
bums on seats
- The audience at a theatre, cinema, or other entertainment, viewed as a source of income: I’ve been offered lots of films just because the producers thought I would put bums on seatsMore example sentences
- ‘I think you should also say to a writer, you can't be all things to all people, but in terms of bums on seats, disabled audiences will come to the theatre,’ Jenny reveals.
- Corporate sponsors are great but ordinary bums on seats guarantee a regular income and help to create the mind of atmosphere that will encourage the team to ‘do business’ on the pitch.
- If you're still getting massive audiences and selling records and putting bums on seats, you can't be all bad.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.