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bum

noun [C]  us   /bʌm/ disapproving

bum noun [C] (PERSON)

a person who gets money by asking other people for it infml A bum is also someone who treats other people badly: Mike called him a bum for throwing gum at a fan.

bum

adjective  us   /bʌm/ slang

bum adjective (USELESS)

useless or not to be trusted to perform well: He’s got a bum knee from playing football.

bum

verb [T]  us   /bʌm/ (-mm-)

bum verb [T] (PERSON)

to ask someone for esp. money or food with no intention of paying for them: Could I bum a couple of bucks from somebody?
Translations of “bum”
in Vietnamese mông đít, kẻ làm biếng…
in Spanish culo, trasero, Pordiosero / Vagabundo…
in Thai ก้น, คนเกียจคร้าน…
in Malaysian buntut, pemalas…
in French cul…
in German der Hintern…
in Chinese (Traditional) 身體部位, 屁股…
in Indonesian bokong, gelandangan…
in Russian зад, бомж…
in Turkish kıç, popo, berduş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 身体部位, 屁股…
in Polish pupa, włóczęga…
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