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Noun: bum  búm
  1. [N. Amer] A person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
    "throw the bum out";
    - rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, crumb, lowlife, scumbag, so-and-so, git [Brit], scuzzbucket [N. Amer], ratbag [Brit], toad, slimebag, slimeball, scuzz [N. Amer], scuzzbag [N. Amer], sleazebag, scuzzball [N. Amer], dirtbag [US], sleazeball
     
  2. [N. Amer] A disreputable vagrant
    "he tried to help the really down-and-out bums";
    - tramp, hobo [N. Amer], bindlestiff [US]
     
  3. [N. Amer] Person who does no work
    "a lazy bum";
    - idler, loafer, do-nothing, layabout
     
  4. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    "he deserves a good kick in the bum";
    - buttocks, nates, butt, backside, buns [N. Amer], can [N. Amer, informal], fundament, hindquarters, hind end, posterior, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush [N. Amer], bottom, behind, derriere, patootie [US], heinie [US], derrière
Verb: bum (bummed,bumming)  búm
  1. Ask for and get free; be a parasite
    - mooch [N. Amer], cadge, grub, sponge, bludge [Austral, NZ]
     
  2. Be lazy or idle
    "Her son is just bumming around all day";
    - bum around, bum about, arse around [Brit, Cdn], arse about [Brit, Cdn], loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll, loll around, lounge about, slob [Brit]
Adjective: bum  búm
  1. Of very poor quality; flimsy
    - cheap, cheesy, chintzy [N. Amer], crummy, punk [N. Amer], sleazy, tinny, tacky, crumby

Derived forms: bumming, bums, bummed

See also: inferior

Type of: body part, disagreeable person, drifter, floater, idle, laze, nonworker, obtain, slug, stagnate, unpleasant person, vagabond, vagrant

Part of: body, torso, trunk

Encyclopedia: Bum, Azerbaijan