A person who begs.
* , chapter=13
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=“[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars
sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.}}
* 1983 , Stanley Rosen, Plato’s Sophist: The Drama of Original & Image , St. Augustine’s Press, p. 62:
A person suffering from extreme poverty.
* 1883 , :
- Odysseus has returned to his home disguised as a beggar .
- I'm to be a poor, crawling beggar , sponging for rum, when I might be rolling in a coach!
* (who begs) mendicant, panhandler, schnorrer, spanger, truant
* (extremely poor person) palliard, pauper, vagabond
* beggars can't be choosers
To make a beggar of someone; impoverish.
To exhaust the resources of; to outdo.
* beggar thy neighbor
* beggar belief
* beggar description
(UK, Irish, AU, New Zealand, informal, rare, Canada, US) The anus.
(by metonymy, informal) A person.
- Okay, everyone sit on your bum and try and touch your toes.
* In the United States and Canada, bum'' is considered the most appropriate term when speaking to young children, as in ''Everyone please sit on your bum and we'll read a story.'' For older children and teenagers, especially males, as well as adults, the term (butt) is the most common term except in professional contexts such as medical, legal, and scientific where (buttocks) is generally used or (gluteus maximus), (gluteus medius), etc. for the muscles specifically. ''Glutes]]'' is often used in sports medicine and bodybuilding. ''Ass'' (US derivation of Old English ''[[arse, arse ) is considered somewhat vulgar in North America, whereas (backside), (behind), and (bottom) are considered to be old-fashioned and non-specific terms.
* (buttocks or anus) arse , ass (North America), backside, behind, bottom, bum (North America), butt (North America), heinie (North America), fanny (North America), tush (North America), tushie (North America)
** (buttocks specifically) butt cheeks (North America), buttocks (technical), cheeks, glutes (muscles), gluteus maximus (primary muscles)
** (anus specifically) anus (technical), arsehole , asshole (North America)
* See also
(UK, transitive, colloquial) To sodomize; to engage in anal sex.
(label) An expression of annoyance.
* 2010 , Jill Mansell,
- Maxine tried hers. 'Oh bum ,' she said crossly. 'The sugar isn't sugar. It's salt.'
* bum bum
* bums in seats
(North America, colloquial) A hobo; a homeless person, usually a man.
(North America, Australia, colloquial) A lazy, incompetent, or annoying person, usually a man.
- ''Fred is becoming a bum - he's not even bothering to work more than once a month.
- That mechanic's a bum - he couldn't fix a yo-yo.
* 1987 , (The Pogues) - (Fairytale of New York)
- That guy keeps interrupting the concert. Throw the bum out!
- You're a bum
- You're a punk
- You're an old slut on junk
(North America, Australia, colloquial, sports) A player or racer who often performs poorly.
- Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
* 2001 , (Laura Hillenbrand) -
- Trade him to another team, he's a bum !
(colloquial) A drinking spree.
- Seabiscuit, wrote another reporter, “was a hero in California and a pretty fair sort of horse in the midwest. In the east, however, he was just a ‘bum ’”
* (hobo) hobo, homeless person, tramp, vagrant, wanderer, vagabond
* (lazy person) loafer, bumpkin, footler, idler, lout, yob, yobbo, layabout
* (drinking spree) binge, bender
* See also
* See also
(colloquial) To ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something.
(colloquial) To behave like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter.
- Can I bum a cigarette off you?
(transitive, slang, British) To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff).
- I think I'll just bum around downtown for awhile until dinner.
* cadge (British)
Of poor quality or highly undesirable.
- bum note
Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.
- bum deal
- I can't play football anymore on account of my bum knee.
- He had a bum trip on that mescaline.
* (defective) duff (UK)
* bum around
* bum bailiff
* bum rap
* bum's rush
* on the bum
To depress; to make unhappy.
(dated) A humming noise.
To make a murmuring or humming sound.
(obsolete) A bumbailiff.
* 1705 , (Bernard Mandeville), The Fable of the Bees :
- About her Chariot, and behind, / Were Sergeants, Bums of every kind, / Tip-staffs, and all those Officers, / That squeeze a Living out of Tears.