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bum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bum of very poor quality; flimsy
    • v bum ask for and get free; be a parasite
    • v bum be lazy or idle "Her son is just bumming around all day"
    • n bum the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on "he deserves a good kick in the butt","are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    • n bum person who does no work "a lazy bum"
    • n bum a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible "only a rotter would do that","kill the rat","throw the bum out","you cowardly little pukes!","the British call a contemptible person a `git'"
    • n bum a disreputable vagrant "a homeless tramp","he tried to help the really down-and-out bums"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bum A humming noise.
    • n Bum bŭm The buttock.
    • v. i bum To make murmuring or humming sound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bum To make a hollow noise; boom; hum; buzz.
    • bum To rush with a murmuring sound.
    • bum To guzzle; drink.
    • bum To sponge on others for a living; lead an idle or dissolute life.
    • bum To dun.
    • bum To spin (a top).
    • bum To strike; beat.
    • n bum An imitative word expressive of a droning or humming sound, as that made by the bee; a hum.
    • n bum A drink.
    • n bum A drunken loafer; one who leads an idle, dissolute life; a bummer.
    • n bum A drunken spree; a debauch.
    • n bum Hence A convivial meeting.
    • n bum The buttocks; the part of the body on which one sits.
    • n bum A bumbailiff; the follower or assistant of a bailiff.
    • bum Of poor quality; low-down: as, a bum show; a bum performance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bum bum (Shak.) the buttocks
    • v.i Bum bum to hum or make a murmuring sound, as a bee:
    • pr.p Bum bum′ming; pa.p. bummed
    • n Bum a humming sound: a spree, debauch: a dissipated fellow
    • v.i Bum bum (slang) to live dissolutely
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Quotations

  • Anthony Quinn
    Anthony Quinn
    “In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum.”
  • John Larroquette
    John Larroquette
    “A few years back I was more a candidate for skid row bum than an Emmy. If I hadn't stopped [drinking], I'd be playing handball with John Belushi right now.”
  • Harry S Truman
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    “Whenever I make a bum decision, I go out and make another one.”
  • Jackson Pollock
    Jackson Pollock
    “Bums are the well-to-do of this day. They didn't have as far to fall.”
  • Matthew Broderick
    Matthew Broderick
    “I slip from workaholic to bum real easy.”
  • John Carpenter
    John Carpenter
    “In England, I'm a horror movie director. In Germany, I'm a filmmaker. In the US, I'm a bum.”

Idioms

Bums on seats - The people who have paid to watch a performance are bums on seats.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Contr. fr. bottom, in this sense
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Onomatopœic.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Knowing How commands a princely salary while Hard Work is on the bum hunting for wages.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
Inside, newcomers advised Snake Murphy to go out and throw the bum into the street.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
The "bum" had scarcely got out of sight ere I was in consultation with John Parker, the landlord of the Bay Horse Inn.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
A month ago Fairfax was a bum; now he's pretty near a stake horse and getting better every time he starts.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
He seemed to prefer bums and tramps, either because he could get them cheaper or else because no decent man would work for him.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
He can clean up the tank after we throw the bums out.
"Arm of the Law" by Harry Harrison
We hired bums to play his part, criminals, vicious degenerates.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
I don't want any bums working for me.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
B-u-m was a rolling bum, and b-l-e was pronounced bell with a strong, full, ringing, liquid sound.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
Ther's twenty an' more o' the lowest down bums ever I see outside a State penitentiary.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
I ain't no sort o' bum angel, nor sanctimonious sky-bustin' hymn-smiter.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Have you sailed to the island of Bum Bum Ba Loo?
"FreeChildrenStories.com Collection" by Daniel Errico
I tried to yawn him into goin' home, and he notices I got two bum teeth.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
Do you know why I whipped that bum the other day?
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
But inside the cabin that tumult was reduced to a not intolerable bumming sound.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
The bums and loafers are always easy to get.
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
Slovaks and bum farms are played out.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Say, we sure ain't goin' to get held up at a bum flag layout.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
He is a bum, a loafer, a mendicant or, more politely, a disillusioned recluse.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
He's a bum citizen gambler.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

An old & cheap hotel
w/bums in the lobby
genteel bums of satisfied
poverty
"Paris Journal" by James Douglas Morrison
Bums, on waking,
Do not always find themselves
In gutters with water running over their legs
And the pillow of the curbstone
Turning hard as sleep drains from it.
Mostly, they do not know
"Bums On Waking" by James Dickey
Yet mair -- by yonder horned moon,
Its clear ye're a' hornmad as soon
As clocks Beate fix;
Sweet, sweet the sounding warning comes!
And sitting down on stubborn bums
Ye a' turn -- lunatics.
"To The Members Of The Sober Society; Sent To The Same With An Engraving" by Hector MacNeill
He festered in a Marseilles slum,
A starving genius, god-inspired.
You'd take him for a lousy bum,
Tho' poetry of paint he lyred,
In dreamy pastels each a gem: . . .
How people laughed at them!
"A Canvas For A Crust" by Robert W Service
Night after night, blazing on high,
Shall bum the unquenchable scripture of flame,
And myriads to come, earth's unborn generations,
Read, rejoicing, the heavenly motto:
'Agnes, I love but thee!'
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine
"Listen, you folks," I heard him say.
"Here's Grand-papa what's come.
Savin' he teached me how to play,
I mighta been a bum.
Come on, Grand-pop, git up an' show
How you kin trumpet Ol' Black Joe."
"Segregation" by Robert W Service

In news:

Arizona Republic reported on the so-called bum hunts, staged by noncommissioned officers to harass homeless people in north Phoenix.
Health care exchange dead in Michigan, Snyder 'not bummed'.
According to Joe Girardi getting swept three games by the White Sox in Chicago had nothing to do with him snapping at a heckling fan who called the manager a "bum" on his way out of US Cellular Field.
The campaign, which features gentle mockery of ski bums, hipsters, and gold diggers, and then directs viewers to a job-posting Web site, is intended to deal with a major labor shortage.
Kiteboarding isn't just for beach bums and boardheads anymore.
Hubby 's 'performing monkey' bummed by attention.
In spite of re-electing many incumbents, Inland Empire voters in many cases turned last week's election into a throw-the-bums-out rally.
Posted in bum steers by rbblum on Wednesday, October 27th 2010 at 1:51 PM.
You bums, get outta here.
I sat at the table with the bums and vagrants.
" Khan 's a bum and I never met a Pakistani that could fight," Angel is fond of repeating.
The old golf bum himself.
She'll pray for you, 'you lazy bum'.
M83 Fans Bum-Rush Security at Bumbershoot.
Patricia Hanrion, author of "The Jingle Bell Bum".
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In science:

In this section we denote with tilde ob jects related to solutions with step-like initial data, while those without tilde correspond to those arising from bum-like initial data.
Traveling waves in a one-dimensional random medium
Pounds and Morris recently proposed the use of a beta-uniform mixture (BUM) function to approximate the distribution of p-values from a set of genes tested, and estimate the fraction of null genes in the set.
A statistical framework for the design of microarray experiments and effective detection of differential gene expression
Here we propose another method to estimate N0/N, which does not requires the BUM form of distribution of p-values.
A statistical framework for the design of microarray experiments and effective detection of differential gene expression
But similar to the BUM method and the the StoreyTibshirani method, the method we are proposing here also implicitly assumes that the multiple test statistics are independent, or at least the true null statistics are independent.
A statistical framework for the design of microarray experiments and effective detection of differential gene expression
MR1664101 [BuM] Busca, J. and Manasevich, R., A Liouvil le-type theorem for Lane-Emden system, Indiana Univ.
Optimal conditions for $L^\infty$-regularity and a priori estimates for elliptic systems, I: two components
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