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Yes. The word bum is a Scrabble US word. The word bum is worth 7 points in Scrabble:

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Is bum a Scrabble UK word?

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3 letters words from 'bum'

BUM 7 

2 letters words from 'bum'

MU 4UM 4

All 3 letters words made out of bum

bum ubm bmu mbu umb mub

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Definitions and meaning of bum

bum

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bʌm/
  • Rhymes: -ʌm

Etymology 1

Attested since the 1300s, as Middle English bom (found in John Trevisa's 1387 Translation of the 'Polychronicon' of Ranulph Higden, "his bom is oute"), of uncertain origin. Sometimes suggested to a shortening of botme, botom, bottum (bottom), but this is contradicted by the fact that bottom is not attested in reference to the buttocks until the late 1700s. Suggested by some old and modern references to be onomatopoeic. Compare also Old Irish, Scottish Gaelic bun (base, bottom).

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. The buttocks.
    Okay, everyone sit on your bum and try and touch your toes.
    • For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:bum.
  2. (informal, rare) The anus.
Usage notes
  • In 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. In the United States, bum is not often used in this sense (though this may vary from dialect to dialect) except in conscious imitation of British English. The term butt is the most common term in North America 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 (originally a dialectal variant of arse) is considered vulgar in North America, whereas backside, behind, and bottom are considered to be non-specific terms.
  • In British English, bottom would be the most appropriate term when speaking to young children. In the first half of the twentieth century bum was sometimes considered vulgar, in the second half as slang, but is now considered simply informal.
Synonyms
  • (buttocks or anus): arse (UK, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canada), ass (North America), backside, behind, bottom, butt (North America), heinie (North America), fanny (North America), tush (North America), tushie (North America)
    • (buttocks specifically): butt cheeks (North America), buttocks (technical), nether cheek, arsecheek, asscheek, cheeks, glutes (muscles), gluteus maximus (primary muscles)
    • (anus specifically): anus (technical), arsehole (UK, Irish, Australian, New Zealand), asshole (North America)
  • See also Thesaurus:anus
Translations

Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

  1. (Britain, transitive, colloquial) To sodomize; to engage in anal sex.

Interjection

bum

  1. (Britain) 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

Etymology 2

1864, back-formation from bummer, from German Bummler (loafer), from bummeln (loaf)

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (US, Canada, colloquial, sometimes derogatory) A homeless person, usually a man.
  2. (US, Canada, 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
    • 1988, Michael Weikath, "Keeper of the Seven Keys", Helloween, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II.
  3. (US, Canada, Australia, colloquial, sports) A player or racer who often performs poorly.
    Trade him to another team, he's a bum!
    • 2001, Laura Hillenbrand - Seabiscuit: An American Legend
      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 ‘bumʼ”
  4. (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 Thesaurus:vagabond
  • See also Thesaurus:idler
Translations

Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

  1. (transitive, colloquial) To ask someone to give one (something) for free; to beg for something.
    Can I bum a cigarette off you?
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) To stay idle and unproductive, like a hobo or vagabond; to loiter.
    I think I'll just bum around downtown for awhile until dinner.
  3. (transitive, slang, Britain) To wet the end of a marijuana cigarette (spliff).
Synonyms
  • cadge (British)
Translations

Adjective

bum (comparative bummer, superlative bummest)

  1. Of poor quality or highly undesirable.
    bum note
  2. Unfair.
    bum deal
  3. Injured and without the possibility of full repair, defective.
    I can't play football anymore on account of my bum knee.
  4. Unpleasant or unhappy.
    He had a bum trip on that mescaline.
Quotations
  • For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:bum.
Synonyms
  • (defective): duff (UK)
Translations

Derived terms

Etymology 3

Back-formation from bum out.

Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

  1. To depress; to make unhappy.

References

  • “bum” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

Etymology 4

See boom.

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (dated) A humming noise.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Verb

bum (third-person singular simple present bums, present participle bumming, simple past and past participle bummed)

  1. (intransitive) To make a murmuring or humming sound.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jamieson to this entry?)

Etymology 5

Abbreviations.

Noun

bum (plural bums)

  1. (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.

References

Anagrams

  • MBU, UMB, umb, umb-

Albanian

Etymology

From English boom with orthographic adaptation.

Noun

bum ?

  1. (economics) boom

Irish

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun

bum m (genitive singular bum, nominative plural bumanna)

  1. (sailing) boom

Declension

Synonyms

  • crann scóide
  • bumaile

Mutation


Mizo

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bum/

Verb

bum

  1. swindle
  2. cheat
  3. trick

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bum/

Interjection

bum

  1. boom! (sound of explosion)
  2. bang! (any brief, sharp, loud noise)

Portuguese

Interjection

bum!

  1. boom (sound of explosion)

Serbo-Croatian

Verb

bum (Cyrillic spelling бум)

  1. (Kajkavian) first-person singular future of biti

Spanish

Etymology

Onomatopoeic.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbum/, [ˈbũm]

Interjection

¡bum!

  1. boom (used to suggest the sound of an explosion)
  2. boom (used to suggest something happening suddenly and unexpectedly)

See also

  • pum
  • pop

Transylvanian Saxon

Noun

bum m

  1. tree

References

  • Siebenbürger Sachsen

Volapük

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bum/

Noun

bum (nominative plural bums)

  1. act of building

Declension

Derived terms

  • bumäd
  • bumot

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • (North Wales) IPA(key): /bɨ̞m/
  • (South Wales) IPA(key): /bɪm/

Numeral

bum

  1. Soft mutation of pum (five).

Mutation


Source: wiktionary.org
  • to live idly.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)