Bum vs Tramp - What's the difference?

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Tramp is a synonym of bum.

Bum is a synonym of tramp.

As nouns the difference between bum and tramp

is that bum is the buttocks or bum can be (north america|colloquial) a hobo; a homeless person, usually a man or bum can be (dated) a humming noise or bum can be (obsolete) a bumbailiff while tramp is (pejorative) a homeless person, a vagabond.

As verbs the difference between bum and tramp

is that bum is (uk|transitive|colloquial) to sodomize; to engage in anal sex or bum can be (colloquial) to ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something or bum can be to depress; to make unhappy or bum can be to make a murmuring or humming sound while tramp is to walk with heavy footsteps.

As a adjective bum

is of poor quality or highly undesirable .



Etymology 1



(en noun)
  • The buttocks.
  • Okay, everyone sit on your bum and try and touch your toes.
  • (UK, Irish, AU, New Zealand, informal, rare, Canada, US) The anus.
  • (by metonymy, informal) A person.
  • Usage notes
    * 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.
  • Interjection

  • (label) An expression of annoyance.
  • * 2010 , Jill Mansell, Sheer Mischief:
  • Maxine tried hers. 'Oh bum ,' she said crossly. 'The sugar isn't sugar. It's salt.'

    Derived terms

    * bum bum * bumhole * bums in seats *

    Etymology 2



    (en noun)
  • (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.
    That guy keeps interrupting the concert. Throw the bum out!
  • * 1987 , (The Pogues) - (Fairytale of New York)
  • You're a bum
    You're a punk
    You're an old slut on junk
    Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
  • (North America, Australia, colloquial, sports) A player or racer who often performs poorly.
  • Trade him to another team, he's a bum !
  • * 2001 , (Laura Hillenbrand) -
  • 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 ’”
  • (colloquial) A drinking spree.
  • Synonyms
    * (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.
  • Can I bum a cigarette off you?
  • (colloquial) To behave like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter.
  • I think I'll just bum around downtown for awhile until dinner.
  • (transitive, slang, British) To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff).
  • Synonyms
    * cadge (British)


  • Of poor quality or highly undesirable.
  • bum note
  • Unfair.
  • bum deal
  • Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.
  • I can't play football anymore on account of my bum knee.
  • Unpleasant.
  • He had a bum trip on that mescaline.
    * (defective) duff (UK)

    Derived terms

    * bum around * bum bailiff * bum rap * bum's rush * on the bum

    Etymology 3


  • To depress; to make unhappy.
  • References


    Etymology 4

    See boom.


    (en noun)
  • (dated) A humming noise.
  • (Halliwell)


  • To make a murmuring or humming sound.
  • (Jamieson)

    Etymology 5



    (en noun)
  • (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.




    (en noun)
  • (pejorative) A homeless person, a vagabond.
  • *
  • She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp .
  • (pejorative) A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
  • "I can't believe you'd let yourself be seen with that tramp ."
    "Claudia is such a tramp ; making out with all those men when she has a boyfriend."
  • Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
  • * 1888 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
  • I was so happy on board that ship, I could not have believed it possible. We had the beastliest weather, and many discomforts; but the mere fact of its being a tramp -ship gave us many comforts; we could cut about with the men and officers, stay in the wheel-house, discuss all manner of things, and really be a little at sea.
  • * 1919 , Charles Fort, :
  • Then I think I conceive of other worlds and vast structures that pass us by, within a few miles, without the slightest desire to communicate, quite as tramp vessels pass many islands without particularizing one from another.
  • * 1924 , George Sutherland, :
  • Some of these are regular ocean liners; others are casual tramp ships.
  • * 1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
  • “Hrrumph,” said the Mate. “Get into uniform right away, we must have discipline here.” With that he stalked off as if he were First Mate on one of the Queens instead of just on a dirty, rusty old tramp ship.
  • (Australia, New Zealand) A long walk, possibly of more than one day, in a scenic or wilderness area.
  • * 1968 , John W. Allen, It Happened in Southern Illinois , page 75:
  • The starting place for the tramp is reached over a gravel road that begins on Route 3 about a mile south of Gorham spur.
  • * 2005 , Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring , Lonely Planet, page 734:
  • Speaking of knockout panoramas, if you?re fit then consider doing the taxing, winding, 8km tramp' up ' Mt Roy (1578m; five to six hours return), start 6km from Wanaka on Mt Aspiring Rd.
  • * 2006 , Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer?s Australia from $60 a Day , page 186:
  • The 1½-hour tramp passes through banksia, gum, and wattle forests, with spectacular views of peaks and valleys.
  • , especially a very small one.
  • Synonyms

    * (homeless person) bum, hobo, vagabond ** See also * (disreputable woman) See also * (type of ship) see * (long walk) bushwalk, hike, ramble, trek

    Derived terms

    * tramp ant * tramp stamp


    (en verb)
  • To walk with heavy footsteps.
  • To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
  • We tramped through the woods for hours before we found the main path again.
  • To hitchhike
  • To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
  • To travel or wander through.
  • to tramp the country
  • (Scotland) To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
  • (Jamieson)

    Derived terms

    * trample * tromp


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