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Syllabification: chum
Pronunciation: /CHəm
 
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informal

noun

1A close friend.
Example sentences
  • You thought he was your friend, your pal, your chum.
  • Historians agree Alexander and his beloved Haphaestion were more than battle mates and boyhood chums.
  • Luckily, she found employment at a bank through her friend Saira who had been her college chum.
Synonyms
informal pal, sidekick, crony, main man, mate, buddy, bud, amigo, compadre, homeboy, homegirl, homie, dawg
(chums) informal peeps
1.1A form of address expressing familiarity or friendliness: it’s your own fault, chum
More example sentences
  • Which is exactly why I didn't go to my school reunion, old chums.
  • John replied, "Don't look so glum, chum!"
  • Haven't you been listening at all, chum?

verb (chums, chumming, chummed)

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Be friendly to or form a friendship with someone: they started chumming around in high school
More example sentences
  • ‘Sure,’ I replied, a bit confused by the girl's apparent taking to me, but at the same time a bit grateful to have a fellow female to chum around with.
  • Then they chummed up with Stereolab and mimicked that band's increasingly electronic direction.
  • She was chumming around with the wrong sort of people, and she got stuck helping him plot his murder.

Origin

late 17th century (originally Oxford University slang, denoting a roommate): probably short for chamber-fellow. Compare with comrade and crony.

More
  • Before it came to mean ‘a friend’, chum was a slang word, used at Oxford University, for ‘a room-mate’. It was probably a shortened form of chamber-fellow. See also crony

Words that rhyme with chum

become, benumb, Brum, bum, come, crumb, cum, drum, dumb, glum, gum, ho-hum, hum, Kara Kum, lum, mum, numb, plum, plumb, Rhum, rhumb, rum, scrum, scum, slum, some, strum, stum, succumb, sum, swum, thrum, thumb, tum, yum-yum

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Syllabification: chum
Pronunciation: /CHəm
 
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chiefly North American

noun

1Chopped fish, fish fluids, and other material thrown overboard as angling bait.
Example sentences
  • Their bland prettiness makes them more enticing as shark chum than as characters, but then a funny thing happens once they're at sea.
  • We idled over a structure loaded with kings stimulated into a feeding frenzy by generous helpings of chum.
  • I swear, people only ever invite me sea-fishing to save on the cost of chum.
1.1Refuse from fish, especially that remaining after expressing oil.

verb (chums, chumming, chummed)

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Use chum as bait when fishing.
Example sentences
  • What has struck a nerve with some scientists, says Gruber, is that the Florida ban ‘allows spear fishing and chumming in order to kill sharks, but not diving to learn about sharks.’
  • We spent three long days on the water chumming for sharks but none turned up.
  • To get good shots of sharks, chumming and baiting is sometimes essential.

Origin

mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

More
  • Before it came to mean ‘a friend’, chum was a slang word, used at Oxford University, for ‘a room-mate’. It was probably a shortened form of chamber-fellow. See also crony

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Syllabification: chum
Pronunciation: /CHəm
 
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(also chum salmon)

noun (plural same or chums)

A large North Pacific salmon that is commercially important as a food fish.
  • Oncorhyncus keta, family Salmonidae
Example sentences
  • Some of the species that enter freshwater to spawn are western brook lamprey, pacific lamprey, river lamprey, green sturgeon, white sturgeon, pink salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, and sockeye salmon.
  • Most supermarket salmon is wild Pacific salmon - chinook, coho, pink, sockeye, and chum salmon - or farmed Atlantic salmon from Chile, Canada, Norway, or the United States.
  • It is possible to catch late king salmon, chum salmon, sockeye salmon, early silver salmon, rainbow trout, dolly varden, grayling and arctic char.

Origin

early 20th century: from Chinook Jargon tzum (samun), literally 'spotted (salmon)'.

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  • Before it came to mean ‘a friend’, chum was a slang word, used at Oxford University, for ‘a room-mate’. It was probably a shortened form of chamber-fellow. See also crony

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