bummer

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From German der Bummler, die Bummlerin (a drifter, a stroller, a rambler, a loiterer, a laggard), from bummeln (loaf, loiter, stroll, ramble).

Noun[edit]

bummer (plural bummers)

  1. (obsolete) A forager especially in Sherman's March to the Sea of November to December 1864.
  2. (US, slang, dated) An idle, worthless fellow, without any visible means of support; a dissipated sponger.
  3. A lamb (typically the smallest of a multiple birth) which has been abandoned by its mother or orphaned, and as a consequence is raised in part or in whole by humans.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From bum + -er (comparative forming).

Adjective[edit]

bummer

  1. comparative form of bum: more bum

Etymology 3[edit]

From bum + -er (agency forming).

Noun[edit]

bummer (plural bummers)

  1. (chiefly slang) A disappointment, a pity, a shame.
    That's a total bummer.
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Interjection[edit]

bummer

  1. Exclamation of annoyance or frustration at a bummer (disappointment).
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Etymology 4[edit]

From bum (buttocks) + -er (agency forming).

Noun[edit]

bummer (plural bummers)

  1. (UK, slang, uncommon) homosexual male
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