bum Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “bum” in the English Dictionary

"bum" in British English

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bumnoun [C]

uk   us   /bʌm/

bum noun [C] (BODY PART)

mainly UK informal the ​part of the ​body that you ​sit on

bum noun [C] (PERSON)

US informal someone who has no ​home or ​job and ​lives by ​asking other ​people for ​money

bumadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /bʌm/ slang
bad in ​quality or not ​useful: He gave us bum ​directions, but we ​eventuallyfound the ​place.

bumverb [T]

uk   us   /bʌm/ (-mm-) slang
to ​ask someone for something without ​intending to ​pay for it: Could I bum a ​cigarette off you?
(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 ​peoplebadly: Mike called him a bum for ​throwinggum 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 ​playingfootball.

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)
Translations of “bum”
in Spanish culo, trasero, Pordiosero / Vagabundo…
in Vietnamese mông đít, kẻ làm biếng…
in Malaysian buntut, pemalas…
in Thai ก้น, คนเกียจคร้าน…
in French cul…
in German der Hintern…
in Chinese (Simplified) 身体部位, 屁股…
in Turkish kıç, popo, berduş…
in Russian зад, бомж…
in Indonesian bokong, gelandangan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 身體部位, 屁股…
in Polish pupa, włóczęga…
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