Definition of bum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bʌm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌm//
    (informal) Lazy
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  1. 1 (British English) the part of the body that you sit on synonym backside, behind, bottom
  2. 2(especially North American English) a person who has no home or job and who asks other people for money or food a beach bum (= somebody who spends all their time on the beach, without having a job)
  3. 3a lazy person who does nothing for other people or for society He's nothing but a no-good bum! See related entries: Lazy
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 late Middle English: of unknown origin. noun senses 2 to 3 mid 19th cent.: probably from bummer.Extra examples He dropped out of college and became a beach bum. They’ve been sitting on their bums all day, doing nothing. He left college to lead the life of a beach bum. The city at night intimidated me with the bums and dealers shouting out abuse.Idioms (British English, informal) used to refer to the number of people who attend a show, talk, etc., especially when emphasizing the need or desire to attract a large number They're not bothered about attracting the right audience—they just want bums on seats.
    give somebody/get the bum’s rush
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    (informal, especially North American English) to force somebody/be forced to leave a place quickly He was soon given the bum's rush from the club.
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