- bum1 [ bʌm ] noun count INFORMAL1. ) AMERICAN someone without a job or place to live who asks people for money in the street2. ) AMERICAN a lazy person3. ) someone who spends all their time doing an activity or being in a place they enjoy:a beach/surf bum4. ) BRITISH the part of your body you sit on: BOTTOMbumbum 2 [ bʌm ] verb transitiveINFORMAL to ask someone to give you something such as a cigarette, drink, or money without giving them anything in return:I managed to bum the train fare off my dad.,bum a`round phrasal verb INFORMAL1. ) intransitive to spend time relaxing and doing nothing:It's nice to have a day off to just bum around.2. ) intransitive or transitive bum around something to spend time traveling around a place without having any particular plans about where you will go next,bum `out phrasal verb transitive AMERICAN INFORMALto annoy someone or make them disappointed:All this rain is really bumming me out.bumbum 3 [ bʌm ] adjective only before noun INFORMAL1. ) bad or unfair:I think we got a bum deal.2. ) AMERICAN used for describing a body part that does not work correctly:a bum knee/leg/wrist=> BUM RAP
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.