(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.
(pejorative) A homeless person, a vagabond.
(pejorative) A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
- 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 .
- "I can't believe you'd let yourself be seen with that tramp ."
Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
* 1888 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
- "Claudia is such a tramp ; making out with all those men when she has a boyfriend."
* 1919 , Charles Fort, :
- 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.
* 1924 , George Sutherland, :
- 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.
* 1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
- Some of these are regular ocean liners; others are casual tramp ships.
(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 ,
- “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.
* 2005 , Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring , Lonely Planet,
- The starting place for the tramp is reached over a gravel road that begins on Route 3 about a mile south of Gorham spur.
* 2006 , Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer?s Australia from $60 a Day ,
- 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.
, especially a very small one.
- The 1½-hour tramp passes through banksia, gum, and wattle forests, with spectacular views of peaks and valleys.
* (homeless person) bum, hobo, vagabond
** See also
* (disreputable woman) See also
* (type of ship) see
* (long walk) bushwalk, hike, ramble, trek
* tramp ant
* tramp stamp
To walk with heavy footsteps.
To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
To travel or wander through.
- We tramped through the woods for hours before we found the main path again.
(Scotland) To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
- to tramp the country