Definition of bummer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌmə/


1 (a bummer) A disappointing or unpleasant situation or experience: the team’s relegation is a real bummer
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  • One of the reasons I signed on is because I wanted to work with Frankenheimer, so it's a real bummer he's not doing it.
  • Potentially taking away the opportunity for emerging artists to show there is a real bummer.
  • I thought it might have been 2004 that was a real bummer but it may just have been the age of 47.
2North American A loafer or vagrant: baby doesn’t have to be a travel bummer
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  • A good number of men now filling high places in the land have been, in their Californian days, bummers.
  • The swagman loafer, or ‘bummer,’ times himself, especially in bad weather, to arrive at the shed just about sundown.
  • The bill would allow the impecunious tramp, corner loafer, pimp and saloon bummer, who have no interests at stake, to go to the polls and make their voices heard.


Mid 19th century: perhaps from German Bummler, from bummeln 'stroll, loaf about'.

Words that rhyme with bummer

comer, drummer, hummer, midsummer, mummer, plumber, rummer, strummer, summa, summer

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