bum

Your bum is your bottom, your rear-end, your behind. It can also be a vagrant or hobo, as well as a verb for lazing (bumming) around.

Bum is a name given to a beggar or homeless person: someone who tries to bum change from you. You don't have to be a bum to hum a cigarette from someone. Also, bum is a general insult, as in "The Yankees are bums!" A false accusation is a bum rap. If you remember that your bum is your butt — where you sit when you're being lazy — then the different meanings should fit together well.

Primary Meanings of bum

1.
nvadj
a disreputable vagrant
be lazy or idle
of very poor quality; flimsy
2.
n
the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
Full Definitions of bum
1

n a disreputable vagrant

“he tried to help the really down-and-out bums
Synonyms:
hobo, tramp
Types:
dosser, street person
someone who sleeps in any convenient place
Type of:
drifter, floater, vagabond, vagrant
a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

n person who does no work

“a lazy bum
Synonyms:
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer
Types:
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clock watcher
a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time
couch potato
an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
dallier, dilly-dallier, dillydallier, lounger, mope
someone who wastes time
dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer
someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
daydreamer, woolgatherer
someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming
goldbrick, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, goof-off, ne'er-do-well, no-account
an idle worthless person
lazybones
a lazy person
lie-abed, slugabed
a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour
loon
a worthless lazy fellow
shirker, slacker
a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
slug, sluggard
an idle slothful person
spiv
a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time
sunbather
someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan
trifler
one who behaves lightly or not seriously
whittler
someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime)
lotus-eater, stargazer
someone indifferent to the busy world
dreamer, escapist, wishful thinker
a person who escapes into a world of fantasy
goldbrick
a soldier who performs his duties without proper care or effort
lingerer, loiterer
someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
malingerer, shammer, skulker
someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
plodder, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud
someone who moves slowly
potterer, putterer
a person who putters about
scrimshanker
a shirker
straggler, strayer
someone who strays or falls behind
Type of:
nonworker
a person who does nothing

n a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

“throw the bum out”
Synonyms:
crumb, dirty dog, git, lowlife, puke, rat, rotter, skunk, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot
Type of:
disagreeable person, unpleasant person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

v be lazy or idle

“Her son is just bumming around all day”
Synonyms:
bum about, bum around, frig around, loaf, loll, loll around, lounge about, lounge around, waste one's time
Type of:
idle, laze, slug, stagnate
be idle; exist in a changeless situation

v ask for and get free; be a parasite

Synonyms:
cadge, grub, mooch, sponge
Types:
freeload
live off somebody's generosity
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

adj of very poor quality; flimsy

Synonyms:
cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny
inferior
of low or inferior quality
2

n the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Synonyms:
ass, backside, behind, bottom, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush
Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

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