Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bum”

bum

noun [C] (PERSON)   /bʌm/ disapproving
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.
(Definition of bum noun (PERSON) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of bum

Definitions of “bum” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

altruistic

showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More