Meaning of “bum” in the English Dictionary

"bum" in British English

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bumnoun [ C ]

uk /bʌm/ us /bʌm/

bumadjective [ before noun ]

uk /bʌm/ us /bʌm/ slang

bumverb [ T ]

uk /bʌm/ us /bʌm/ -mm- slang

(Definition of “bum” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bum" in American English

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bumnoun [ 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.


us /bʌm/ slang

bum adjective (USELESS)

useless or not to be trusted to perform well:

He’s got a bum knee from playing football.

bumverb [ 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?

(Definition of “bum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)