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Meaning of “bum” in the English Dictionary

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

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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.

bumadjective

 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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