bum

{{11}}bum (1) "buttocks," late 14c., "probably onomatopЕ“ic, to be compared with other words of similar sound and with the general sense of 'protuberance, swelling.' " [OED]
{{12}}bum (2) "dissolute loafer, tramp," 1864, Amer.Eng., from bummer "loafer, idle person" (1855), possibly an extension of the British word for "backside" (similar development took place in Scotland, 1540), but more prob. from Ger. slang bummler "loafer," from bummeln "go slowly, waste time." Bum first appears in a German-American context, and bummer was popular in the slang of the North's army in Amer. Civil War (as many as 216,000 German immigrants in the ranks). Bum's rush "forcible ejection" first recorded 1910. Bummer "bad experience" is 1960s slang.

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  • bum — ☆ bum1 [bum ] n. [< bummer, prob. < Ger bummler, loafer, habitually tardy person < bummeln, to go slowly, waste time] Informal 1. a vagrant, hobo, tramp, or beggar; specif., a shabby, often drunken derelict 2. any shiftless or… …   English World dictionary

  • bum — Ⅰ. bum [1] ► NOUN Brit. informal ▪ a person s bottom. ORIGIN of unknown origin. Ⅱ. bum [2] informal ► NOUN N. Amer. 1) a vagrant. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • Bum — or Bums may refer to:* a slang term for the buttocks * a slang term for a hobo (though unlike hobos, a bum is unlikely to seek work) * A lazy person; slacker * a slang term for Anal sex * B.U.M. Equipment, a Los Angeles clothing company * Babol… …   Wikipedia

  • Bum — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bum! — bụm! 〈Int.〉 (Ausruf zur Nachahmung von dröhnendem Aufschlagen) ● bum!, bum!!; bim, bam, bum!! …   Universal-Lexikon

  • bum — bum̃ išt. Bum̃ bum̃ bum̃ mùša bū̃gną …   Bendrinės lietuvių kalbos žodyno antraštynas

  • bum — I {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. u, Mc. bummie, {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}}to samo co boom. {{/stl 7}}{{stl 20}} {{/stl 20}} {{stl 20}} {{/stl 20}}bum II {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}wykrz. {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} głośny odgłos o ciemnej barwie powstający przy… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • bum — um (b[u^]m), v. t. To borrow without intention of returning; to cadge; as, to bum a cigarette; to bum a cup of coffee; usually with inexpensive items as the object. [informal] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bum — |bum Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • bum — interj. Cuvânt care imită zgomotul produs de o detunătură de armă, de o lovitură înfundată sau de o cădere. – Onomatopee. Trimis de valeriu, 21.03.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  bum interj. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  BUM… …   Dicționar Român

  • bum — 1. Interjección onomatopéyica utilizada para imitar el ruido de un golpe o de una explosión: «Una chispa o una palabra soez, y ¡bum!, todos al infierno» (Marsé Embrujo [Esp. 1993]). 2. Adaptación gráfica de la voz inglesa boom (‘estruendo,… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas


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